Ivory Coast Strongman Laurent Gbagbo Has Been Arrested

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ABIDJAN, IVORY COAST: Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo gives an interview 24 October 2002 in Abidjan. Gbagbo told AFP that he was "not opposed" if a leading opposition figure left the country, calling him an "apple of discord" between France and its former colony. AFP PHOTO ISSOUF SANOGO (Photo credit should read ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images) Photo: ISSOUF SANOGO

The French Embassy says Laurent Gbagbo, who lost the election to Alassane Ouattara last November, but has been terrorizing U.N. peacekeepers and civilians in a refusal to leave office, has been arrested. Although both France and the U.N. were firing on positions held by Gbagbo loyalists through the weekend, in order to prevent "a bloodbath," they claim no involvement in the overnight battle with Ouattara's troops that led to Gbagbo's capture. Witnesses, however, reported a column of about 30 French armored vehicles, accompanied by ground forces, pushing toward Gbagbo's residence. [CNN, NYT]