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At least five people reported wounded in Ivory Coast

By on May 14, 2017

At least five people were wounded by gunfire on Sunday during protests in Ivory Coast’s second-biggest city, Bouake, against an army mutiny.

Heavy gunfire erupted in Bouake’s city centre early on Sunday as the soldiers sought to disperse crowds of residents who were attempting to organise a march against the mutiny. “The population rose up, but the mutineers quickly dispersed the march with shots,” said a witness. Five people who had been brought to the city’s main hospital with bullet wounds following the aborted march.

Similar rallies and marches were held in the cities of Korhogo and Daloa and in the commercial capital Abidjan on Saturday.

Mutinous soldiers have now opened up access to the city, a leader of the uprising and Bouake residents said, allowing vehicles to move in and out for the first time since Friday.

The mutiny began in Bouake and spread quickly to other cities and towns, mirroring an uprising by the same group in January that paralysed parts of Ivory Coast.

The soldiers, most of them ex-rebel fighters who fought to bring President Alassane Ouattara to power, cut off access to Bouake, defying the army chief, who threatened severe punishment if they did not return to barracks.

Ivory Coast has emerged as one of the world’s fastest growing economies following a decade-long political crisis ended by a 2011 civil war.

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