Fresh violence rocks Ivory Coast's second biggest city of Bouake

It comes exactly a year after an army mutiny that forced government to cave in to demands for bonus payments, among others.

FILE: Mutinous soldiers patrol at the entrance of the Ivory Coast's central second city Bouake, on May 14, 2017. Picture: AFP

ABIDJAN - Heavy gunfire in Ivory Coast could be heard in the country’s second biggest city of Bouaké overnight.

It comes exactly a year after an army mutiny that forced government to cave in to demands for bonus payments, among others.

The fresh outbreak of violence follows days of tensions in Bouaké reportedly between participants in last year’s mutinies and members of an elite military unit, known as the CCDO.

At least one person has been killed in the wake of clashes since Friday.

The series of mutinies has laid bare the strong divisions within the military, made up of rival rebel and career soldiers.