Abidjan - Ivory Coast closed its border with Ghana on Friday after at least 10 people were killed in attacks on its army and police launched from Ghanaian territory, the country's interior minister said.
The attacks, in the commercial capital Abidjan late on Thursday and on a border town early on Friday, were the first since August, when near-daily raids on security forces revived fears of renewed instability a year after a brief civil war killed more than 3,000 people.
"This was organised, ordered, and executed from Ghanaian territory, and the Ghanaian authorities know who these people are," he said.
Gunfire erupted at 3 a.m. (0300 GMT) on Friday in the town of Noe, home to a border crossing between Ivory Coast and eastern neighbour Ghana.
"There was an attempted attack against the army deployed at the border," Guillaume Soro, president of Ivory Coast's parliament, wrote on Twitter.
"The attack occurred in Noe and the target was the army barracks. The attack was successfully repelled," he said.