In Summary
  • A mother of three children and five men were taken to hospital in the central city of Bouake after being shot by the rebels.
  • The soldiers had shot and wounded a person on Saturday as they blocked access to the city.
  • Defiant soldiers have also rebelled in the central city of Daloa.
  • Soldiers also rebelled in the economic capital of Abidjan on Friday, surrounding military headquarters before being driven back by loyalist forces.

BOUAKE, Cote d’Ivoire

Renegade soldiers wounded six people in Ivory Coast’s second-largest city as they fired in the air to keep people in their homes.

A mother of three children and five men were taken to hospital in the central city of Bouake after being shot by the rebels, who took to the streets on Friday in a protest over bonuses.

The soldiers had shot and wounded a person on Saturday as they blocked access to the city, while another person was injured by soldiers rebelling in Korhogo, the main city in the country’s north.

Defiant soldiers have also rebelled in the central city of Daloa.

On Sunday, rebel soldiers in Bouake took up positions in a square in front of the police headquarters, firing into the air to prevent residents gathering for a protest against the rebels’ actions.

SHOOTING CONTINUES

“The shooting continues. The mutineers aren’t letting people leave their homes to demonstrate,” said a resident who requested anonymity.

“There’s too much shooting this morning and it’s practically impossible to go for mass. I’ll pray with my family at home,” another resident, Jean Yves Kobena, said.

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