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Ivory Coast soldiers mutiny, taking several cities

Saturday, January 07, 2017 - 00:53

Unrest spreads to at least five Ivory Coast cities and its military headquarters as rebellious troops demand increased pay and bonuses. Francis Maguire reports.

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Turmoil in the Ivory Coast as a massive mutiny by members of its armed forces spreads. Demanding higher wages and bonuses, soldiers have seized at least five cities including the capital in the uprising. Reportedly even entering their own headquarters, firing guns into the air. The rogue soldiers barricading roads and bridges. Loyalist soldiers on the alert. No one has been confirmed killed, but UN peacekeepers in the country have deployed in an attempt keep the powder keg from exploding. It's defense minister meeting with leaders of the revolt on Saturday (January 7). The ivory coast's military was assembled from a patchwork of former rebel fighters and government soldiers, veterans of a decade-long civil war that ended six years ago. Many of the protesting soldiers appear to be former members of one of those militant groups, the so-called "New Forces" rebellion.

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Ivory Coast soldiers mutiny, taking several cities

Saturday, January 07, 2017 - 00:53