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Special army forces stage mutiny in Ivory Coast’s Adiaké

Sia Kambou, AFP | Special army forces mutinied in Ivory Coast's southeastern town of Adiaké on February 7, 2017

Special army forces launched a mutiny in Ivory Coast’s southeastern town of Adiaké on Tuesday, firing their weapons into the air, according to residents and a military source.

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“Gunfire began earlier in the special forces’ camp and then the town began panicking as armed soldiers left the barracks,” a local high school teacher told Reuters.

FRANCE 24’s correspondent in Ivory Coast, Anna Sylvestre-Treiner, reported that schools and businesses in Adiaké had closed.

The unrest comes nearly a month after soldiers staged revolts over pay in the second largest city of Bouaké and other parts of the country. The initial protests were quelled when the government reached a deal with the 8,500 mutineers, agreeing to give them 12 million CFA francs (€18,000 or $19,000).

A military source said the special forces in Adiaké were demanding a similar pay-off.

“This latest incident demonstrates that the announced ‘return to calm’ and restored order in the military were quite fragile,” Sylvestre-Treiner said.

A spokesman for the army confirmed that there was gunfire in the Adiaké barracks but was not immediately able to confirm that a mutiny had occurred.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, REUTERS)

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