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Gunfire erupts across Ivory Coast as unrest hits main city

January 7, 2017 11:19 AM
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Gunfire erupts across Ivory Coast as unrest hits main city

BOUAKE, Ivory Coast (Reuters) - Gunfire broke out in several Ivory Coast cities, including the commercial capital Abidjan, overnight and early on Saturday, residents and soldiers said, as a revolt by military personnel demanding higher wages and bonuses appeared to gain momentum.

Soldiers seized Bouake, the second-largest city, early on Friday and the uprising later expanded to at least four other cities and towns, as the government sought to calm the unrest by promising talks with the mutineers.

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