Mutiny in Ivory Coast

There’s been heavy gunfire in Abidjan, the commercial capital of Ivory Coast where troops have been staging a mutiny.

Residents said they heard shots being exchanged from early in the morning, describing the gunfire as intense. Clashes have also been reported in the country’s second city, Bouake, where the mutiny began.

The Ivorian military chief of staff said on Sunday he had despatched an armoured column to Bouake to restore order.

The troops mutinied over unpaid bonuses which led to Bouake being sealed off. They said they wouldn’t lay down their weapons.

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