EOS Alerts 12-5-2017
Cote d’Ivoire: Gunfire Heard at Military Headquarters in Abidjan and Bouake
Disgruntled soldiers leave their barracks, firing their weapons into the air Bouake, angered by a decision by a delegation representing them to drop demands for bonus payments
Initial reports have indicated that gunfire has been heard at the General Staff of the Armed Forces at the Camp Gallieni in Abidjan. Gunfire has also been heard in Bouake and in Korhogo in the north of the country. Further reports have indicated that roads have been sealed off leading into the city of Odienne.
It is not yet immediately clear as to whether the incident is linked to the ongoing dispute over soldiers pay and the series of mutinies which have unfolded since 2017, although some sources have commented that the shooting began after talks with President Ouattara resulted in soldiers dropping their demands for further bonus payments. Disgruntled soldiers are said to have left their barracks, firing their weapons into the air Bouake, angered by a decision by a delegation representing them to drop demands for bonus payments. One spokesperson commented, “There was shooting all night because people are not happy with what their colleagues did in Abidjan.”
Since January 2017, Cote d’Ivoire has been shaken by three mutinies, with a fourth incident briefly unfolding earlier this week on 8 May in Bouake. Several people were killed in the clashes that ensued, before the government agreed to settle the financial demands of the mutineers.
Those who plan to travel to or within Cote d’lvoire are advised to be aware of a possible fifth incident unfolding. Whilst this has yet to be confirmed, gunfire has been reported by several sources at a military camp in Abidjan and in Bouake. History has shown that the government will meet the demands of rebels if they protest with violent force. Further protests remain possible across Abidjan and other urban areas in the immediate short-term. Avoid loitering near to military installations, remain vigilant and seek shelter at the first sign of unrest. Be prepared for a rapid deterioration in the security environment. Avoid all demonstrations and rallies. Refrain from outdoor travel should the situation further deteriorate.