Gunfire as Ivory Coast soldiers revolt over bonus pay dispute

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Buildings in the business district Plateau are seen behind the village of Attiekoube in Abidjan, Ivory Coast February 23, 2017. REUTERS/Luc Gnago/File Photo

Mutinying soldiers left their barracks and blocked streets in several towns and cities across Ivory Coast on Friday, including the commercial capital, firing volleys of gunshots into the air as their protests over a pay dispute gathered momentum.

The uprising began overnight in Bouake, the second largest city, before spreading quickly. The soldiers, most of them ex-rebel fighters who helped bring President Alassane Ouattara to power, erected improvised barricades around the national military headquarters and sealed off part of downtown Abidjan.

The country’s National Security Council held an emergency meeting, a defence ministry source said.

Reuters reports that the soldiers were revolting over delayed bonus payments,…

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