Gunfire erupted near several police installations across Ivory Coast’s main city Abidjan witnesses and a police source said, in what appeared to be a renewed bout of insecurity following months of military mutinies.
Shooting broke out at around 9.30 pm in the Cocody neighbourhood near the national police and gendarmes academies and lasted for around an hour, according to a Reuters witness.
A Reuters reporter later heard sustained gunfire near the base of the police anti-riot brigade in the Yopougon neighbourhood in northern Abidjan.
A local resident said shooting broke out near a police station in another part of Yopougon.
“On the radio in the station they were talking about attacks all over the place, including the police academy as well as Angre and Attoban,,” a police officer told Reuters, asking not to be named.
The shooting started hours after President Alassane Ouattara dismissed his defence minister and replaced him with the minister of the interior.
The move was seen as an attempt to stop to successive waves of armed uprisings launched by security force members demanding bonus payments.