The home of a former prime minister of Ivory Coast has been burnt down throughout clashes lower than two weeks earlier than bitterly contested elections.
It’s not clear who was behind the assault on the residence of Pascal Affi Nguessan in his stronghold of Bongouanou.
One of many city’s colleges was additionally destroyed, a instructor informed the BBC.
Mr Nguessan and former President Henri Konan Bédié introduced this week they’d boycott the 31 October elections.
President Alassane Ouattara, vying for a 3rd time period in workplace, has rejected their calls for to postpone the vote and maintain talks.
He initially mentioned he would stand down however after his most well-liked successor, Amadou Gon Coulibaly, died of a coronary heart assault in July, he reversed his place.
There are fears that the election might reignite battle within the nation, which is slowly recovering from a civil warfare sparked by a dispute over the 2010 election, received by Mr Ouattara.
Saturday’s clashes between rival teams of supporters in Bongouanou, about 200km (125 miles) north of the nation’s major metropolis, Abidjan, got here a day after official campaigning started.
Mr Nguessan informed the AFP information company: “Folks had been transported from Abidjan. They focused the property of opposition leaders.”
The instructor mentioned: “I noticed folks with machetes, knives attacking different folks.”
“My faculty was burnt. They burnt every part there, all my private belongings disappeared within the hearth.”
He spoke of different assaults on buildings and accused the police of not doing sufficient to stop them.
When contacted by the BBC, the police declined to remark.
Bongouanou Mayor Amalaman Gilbert informed the BBC on Sunday that mediators had been making an attempt to ease tensions.