Amnesty Int: Ivory Coast tortures detainees

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Amnesty International charges that Ivory Coast security officials are torturing dozens of detainees by administering electric shocks and other forms of abuse.

Gaetan Mootoo, West Africa researcher for Amnesty, said Friday that some inmates had also been sexually abused or had molten plastic poured over their bodies.

The victims include people charged with endangering state security in the wake of a recent spate of attacks targeting military installations.

United Nations officials have said that more than 200 people have been detained on suspicion of involvement in the attacks, and that torture has been documented at multiple detention facilities.

President Alassane Ouattara's government has blamed the attacks on allies of former President Laurent Gbagbo, who was arrested in April 2011 following months of post-election violence.

Army officials deny the torture allegations.

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