Heavy gunfire has erupted in Ivory Coast’s two biggest cities, as a mutiny in the army enters its fourth day.

The mutineers blocked roads outside a barracks in an affluent neighbourhood of Abidjan, the commercial capital.

Troops loyal to the government are heading for the second city, Bouaké, where shooting has also been heard.

Armed forces’ Chief of Staff, General Sékou Touré in a statement on Sunday has vowed to end the mutiny, triggered by a pay dispute noting that many of the mutinous soldiers had listened to earlier calls for them to stand down.

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