ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast — The United Nations yesterday blamed forces loyal to President Laurent Gbagbo for a mortar attack a day earlier that left at least 25 people dead.
UN officials said they were investigating the attack, which they said could be a crime against humanity.
Gbagbo’s refusal to cede power after apparently losing his reelection has sparked the crisis.
The UN said in a statement that at least six mortar shells were fired from a nearby military base. About 40 people were wounded. Abidjan, Ivory Coast’s biggest city, has for weeks seen daily battles that have left hundreds dead.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the Security Council to “take further measures with regard to the Ivorian individuals who are instigating, orchestrating, and committing the violence,’’ said UN spokesman Martin Nesirky.
Gbagbo denied his forces were involved. He instead suggested that the UN was conspiring against him.