Three soldiers killed amid mutiny in Ivory Coast military

Three soldiers have been killed as a fresh round of infighting erupts in a barracks in Ivory Coast.

A military officer said on Saturday that the soldiers were killed in a shooting that began overnight in a barracks at Korhogo, a city in the north of Ivory Coast.

“There are three dead soldiers,” said the officer without elaborating. Other sources in the area said three bodies in military fatigues and with gunshot wounds had been taken to a local morgue.

Residents in the capital Abidjan reported similar gunfire in a former UN base near the city. They said the shooting lasted from about 1:30 a.m. to after 3:00 a.m.

“We were all very scared. We don’t know what’s going on,” said a resident. Local sources said calm was restored in the area on Saturday morning.

For months, Ivory Coast’s army has been battered by tension and infighting. Elements within the military have staged mutinies to demand promised bonuses. A payoff of 12,000 CFA francs (18,000 euros) per head was eventually agreed by the government in May, five months after the revolt started.

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