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Fighting between Ivorian military units likely to slow progress on army reforms and drive civilian protests

11 January 2018


Soldiers from the Third Artillery Battalion attacked the base of the elite Co-ordination Centre for Operational Decisions (Centre de Coordination des Décisions Opérationnelles: CCDO) unit in the Sokoura neighbourhood of Côte d’Ivoire’s second city, Bouaké, on the night of 9 January.

Buildings and vehicles were set alight and weapons looted but only one person was injured as CCDO personnel reportedly fled. The incident followed several days of unrest and sporadic gunfire at various barracks, with at least one soldier killed during a confrontation between rival military units on 5 January. Representatives of soldiers who carried out the attacks told Ivorian media that they suspected the CCDO had been sent to spy on them.

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