ABIDJAN, May 15 (Reuters) - Heavy gunfire erupted in Ivory Coast’s commercial capital Abidjan early on Monday, witnesses said, amid a military operation aimed at ending a mutiny by soldiers demanding bonus payments.
“I’ve been hearing the sound of Kalashnikovs and a heavier weapon. That began at around 5 a.m. (0500 GMT) and it’s lasted an hour. It’s intense,” said one Abidjan resident, who lives near the U.S. embassy and the presidential residence. (Reporting by Joe Bavier; Editing by Andrew Heavens)