Mutinying soldiers entered Ivory Coast’s military headquarters

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ABIDJAN (Reuters) – Mutinying soldiers entered Ivory Coast’s military headquarters and the compound housing the defence ministry on Saturday and were firing shots in the air, said a diplomatic source who saw them.

A still image from video that shows soldiers standing at a checkpoint in Bouake, Ivory Coast January 6, 2017. REUTERS/via Reuters TV
Passengers are seen in Djebonoua, near Bouake, as disgruntled soldiers demanding salary increases seized the city of Bouake, Ivory Coast, January 6, 2017. REUTERS/Thierry Gouegnon

“There’s a lot of shooting in the air inside the ministry of defence,” the source said. “It’s in the hands of the bad guys.”

Mutinous soldiers who have taken control of Bouake are seen at a checkpoint in Bouake, Ivory Coast January 6, 2017. REUTERS/Thierry Gouegnon

(Reporting by Joe Bavier; editing by Susan Thomas)

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