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Soldiers launch mutinies in 3 Ivory Coast cities over pay

AP
Published Jan 6, 2017, 6:43 pm IST
Updated Jan 6, 2017, 6:49 pm IST
Heavily armed men are parading through town and security forces have abandoned their posts.
The unrest erupted early on Friday in the second-largest city, Bouake, when the soldiers began demanding higher pay. (Photo: Representational Image/AP)
 The unrest erupted early on Friday in the second-largest city, Bouake, when the soldiers began demanding higher pay. (Photo: Representational Image/AP)

Abidjan: Authorities in Ivory Coast say soldiers have launched mutinies in three cities across this West African country.

The unrest erupted early on Friday in the second-largest city, Bouake, when the soldiers began demanding higher pay. Residents say there has been intermittent gunfire since around 1 a.m.

 

Similar mutinies erupted later today in Daloa and Korhogo. Karim Sanogo, a student in Daloa, says heavily armed men are parading through town and security forces have abandoned their posts.

Bouake was the stronghold of the rebel-controlled north throughout the country's civil war. Many of those fighters have been integrated into Ivory Coast's army.

The soldiers, however, say not all the promises made in a 2007 agreement were implemented.

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