1 killed, several wounded by army mutiny in Ivory Coast

The government paid the 8,400 troops behind January's rebellion, majority ex-rebel fighters who helped bring President Alassane Ouattara to power, bonuses of 5 million CFA francs ($8,371) each as part of a deal to end that mutiny.

Violence by some of the soldiers involved in a January mutiny demanding higher pay began Friday, a day after Ivorian television broadcast some of the mutinous soldiers meeting with President Alassane Ouattara and dropping their demand for unpaid bonuses. The soldiers, majority ex-rebel fighters who helped bring President Alassane Ouattara to power, erected improvised barricades around the national military headquarters and sealed off part of downtown Abidjan.

The mutineers, who demanded 12 million CFA francs (18,000 euros) in payments for each soldier, obtained five million francs (7,500 euros) in January and had been due to receive the rest of the sum this month, according to the rebels.

"Soldiers are at the entrances to the city".

About 15 others were treated for minor injuries.

Witnesses and a local lawmaker confirmed that traffic was circulating in an out of the city, which sits on the main road axis between Abidjan, the commercial capital - one of the region's largest ports - and landlocked neighbours Mali and Burkina Faso.

The government was to pay each of the 8,400 troops bonuses of about $8,000 as part of a deal to end the mutiny.

"Unfortunately some of them distanced themselves from their comrades", Toure said.

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But that decision was rejected by some of the soldiers.

He added: "This is very similar to what happened in January". "We just want our money".

Experts suggested the spokesman, named by AFP as Sergeant Fofana, did not represent the wishes of the group.

"We apologise for the various situations we know we have caused". We refused and we demand our money first.

Ouattara said of the rebels that he "believed their words were sincere" and they would now be "exemplary soldiers". While economic growth has averaged 9 percent since 2012, a slump in cocoa prices caused by a global surplus cost the country almost 1 billion euro ($1.1 billion) in lost export earnings, Ouattara said at the ceremony on Thursday.

January's uprising saw former rebels who had been integrated into the army's ranks staging a mutiny over their demand for bonuses.

"While less intense than the first one [mutiny]. nobody is willing to bet that this will not escalate", he said.

"That soldier did not speak in our name", one of the protesters told Germany's DPA news agency.

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