Witnesses: Soldiers Open Fire In Ivory Coast Town

Witnesses say soldiers have opened fire in the southeast Ivory Coast town of Adiake in a continuation of unrest that began a month ago.

A teacher in the town, who spoke on condition of anonymity out of fear for his safety, said Tuesday’s gunfire came from a camp of Ivorian special forces and that soldiers blocked nearby roads.

Adiake is located nearly 100km east of Abidjan, Ivory Coast’s commercial hub.

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On January 6, soldiers in the city of Bouake staged a mutiny over unpaid bonuses and other grievances, firing weapons into the air and blocking main roads.

Though they reached a deal with the government, other soldiers and other elements of the security forces have since sought payoffs of their own.


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