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Ex-Soldiers seize control of Ivory Coast's second-largest city

Friday, January 06, 2017 - 00:48

Soldiers involved in the Ivory Coast uprising demand increased salaries and payment of bonuses. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). Soldiers seized Ivory Coast's second-largest city on Friday and gunfire erupted at a military camp in another town, according to military sources who said reinforcements had been sent to manage the uprising. The unrest comes weeks after parliamentary elections that had been viewed as a further step towards cementing stability in the West African nation, which has emerged from a 2002-2011 political crisis as one of the continent's rising stars. Heavy gunfire was heard from around 2 a.m. (0200 GMT) in Bouake - a city of around a half million inhabitants in the centre of the country - and sporadic shooting continued into the late morning. Military sources said demobilised soldiers - mainly former rebels from the decade-long conflict - broke into police stations across the city, looting weapons before taking up positions at entry points into the city.

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Ex-Soldiers seize control of Ivory Coast's second-largest city

Friday, January 06, 2017 - 00:48