Soldier killed in barrack disturbance

Army chief of staff Colonel Soumahila Diabagate has denied media reports that soldiers who took part in a barrack disturbance over pay on Tuesday were involved in a mutiny.

He told IRIN on Wednesday that the incident at an army barrack in the town of Daloa, some 320 km northwest of Abidjan, was the result of a “misunderstanding” and that order had been restored.

Media reports said that one soldier died as his group tried to persuade others to give up the armoury they had seized in demand for more pay.

Four soldiers were reportedly arrested and brought to Abidjan.

The events in Daloa come three months after an army mutiny over pay in Akouedo barracks in Abidjan escalated into a coup d’etat that brought General Robert Guei to power.

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