Associated Press

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — While normal life is slowly returning to Ivory Coast’s main city after two weeks of urban warfare, discoveries of massive weapons caches stockpiled by ousted strongman Laurent Gbagbo show the bloodshed could have been vastly worse.

The forces who forced Gbagbo from power this week say the discoveries vindicate their international bombing campaign that deprived him of the ability to use these weapons.

Ministers in President Alassane Ouattara’s government toured Gbagbo’s abandoned presidential palace on Thursday. The fighters who had captured it the previous day walked them through rooms and hallways filled with more than 500 121mm artillery rockets, capable of leveling buildings and killing hundreds.