Heavy gunfire erupts in Ivory Coast’s two main cities.Cities Abidjan and Bouake got hit, witnesses said, as the military pressed an operation aimed at ending a four-day nationwide army mutiny over bonus payments.
Troops began advancing towards Bouake, the epicenter of the revolt, on Sunday and sporadic gunfire was heard overnight there as well as at military camps in Abidjan. Shooting in both cities intensified before dawn.There was heavy shooting at the northern entrance to the city and in the city center. It’s calmed a bit but we’re still hearing gunfire,” said one Bouake resident. Heavy shooting was also heard in Daloa, a hub for the western cocoa growing regions.
Spokesman Sergeant Seydou Kone said “We don’t know what will happen to us, so we just want our money so we can start a new life. we can’t give up now that we’ve reached this point.”
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