One killed, sev­eral wounded in Ivory Coast

Cape Breton Post - - News World -

ABID­JAN, Cote d’Ivoire — Muti­nous sol­diers in Ivory Coast have killed one per­son and in­jured sev­eral oth­ers af­ter us­ing gun­fire to dis­perse a march Sun­day against their mutiny in Bouake, res­i­dents said. Vi­o­lence by some of the sol­diers in­volved in a Jan­uary mutiny de­mand­ing higher pay be­gan Fri­day, a day af­ter Ivo­rian tele­vision broad­cast some of the muti­nous sol­diers meet­ing with Pres­i­dent Alas­sane Ou­at­tara and drop­ping their de­mand for un­paid bonuses.

Many took over the sec­ond­largest city of Bouake, and other cities in­clud­ing Daloa and Korhogo, to show they still de­manded the rest of their bonuses promised af­ter the Jan­uary mutiny. Un­rest in Abid­jan was quickly con­trolled by the army. Res­i­dents were forced to flee or stay in­doors be­cause of the vi­o­lence.

A for­mer rebel who par­tic­i­pated in Sun­day’s march was killed and his body is in the morgue, said Ou­at­tara Ma­madou, the spokesman for de­mo­bi­lized ex-rebels not in the army.

Ivory Coast’s Armed Forces chief of staff said a mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion has been launched to bring or­der.

In a state­ment, he called on the muti­nous sol­diers to lay down arms, say­ing that those who con­tinue to threaten civil­ians and defy au­thor­i­ties will face dis­ci­plinary ac­tion.

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