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Ivory Coast Militia Leader Arrested for 2011 Massacre

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Soldiers in Ivory Coast have arrested a militia leader who was allegedly involved in a 2011 massacre of political opponents.

Military officials say Amade Oueremigave himself up Saturday as soldiers began to converge near his hideout.

Oueremi and his fighters backed President Alassane Ouattara in the violence that broke out after the 2010 election when former president Laurent Gbagbo refused to step down.

Human rights groups say Oueremi took part in a massacre of Gbagbo supporters in the town of Duekoue in March 2011.

The post-election violence killed about 3,000 people. Gbagbo is in custody facing trial before the International Criminal Court.

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