(Reuters/NAN) Soldiers in Côte d’Ivoire’s second largest metropolis looted weapons from the bottom of an elite navy unit in a single day earlier than setting it on fireplace, leaders of the faction mentioned on Wednesday.
The troopers, who had been concerned in a sequence of mutinies final yr that tarnished the picture of Côte d’Ivoire, considered one of Africa’s quickest rising economies, accuse the elite unit, generally known as the CCDO, of spying on them.
Residents of Bouake reported late on Tuesday listening to gunshots and heavy weapons fireplace between the rival factions, although they mentioned the state of affairs was calm after some early sporadic gunfire and companies had been working usually.
“We entered the CCDO camp around midnight and took all of their arms and ammunitions,” one of many faction’s leaders, who requested to not be named, instructed Reuters.
“Their troops fled the camp but we are looking for them.”
A second chief of the previous mutineers confirmed that they had looted weapons stockpiles.
“We burned the CCDO camp and destroyed everything inside. Even their service vehicles were burned,” the second faction chief mentioned.
There had been no fast experiences of any casualties.
The CCDO consists of troopers, paramilitary gendarmes and police.
Côte d’Ivoire’s Defence Minister Hamed Bakayoko was not instantly accessible to touch upon the clashes.
Army officers reached by Reuters declined to remark.
Bouake, positioned within the central area of the west African nation, was the epicenter of a number of months of military mutinies in 2017 that unfold throughout the nation, forcing the federal government to yield to calls for for bonuses and promotions.
Côte d’Ivoire, the world’s prime cocoa grower, emerged from a decade-long political disaster as considered one of Africa’s quickest rising economies and a darling of worldwide buyers.
The 2017’s instability laid naked the harmful divisions that also persist inside a military cobbled collectively from rival insurgent and loyalist factions on the finish of a 2011 civil battle.