Mutinying soldiers seal off Ivory Coast's second city

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Posted: Jan 13, 2017 5:09 PM

YAMOUSSOUKRO (Reuters) - Mutinying soldiers sealed off Ivory Coast's second-largest city on Friday as senior government and military officials inside sought to head off a repeat of an army revolt that paralyzed much of the West African nation last week.

A soldier with the mutiny said the main accesses to Bouake, a city of a half million residents, had been seized and would be held until a solution to the standoff with the government was found.

"The entrance to the city is blocked. There are some people who tried to leave for Abidjan a little while ago and had to return (to Bouake)," said a resident who asked not to be named.

(Reporting by Ange Aboa, Writing by Joe Bavier, Editing by Angus MacSwan)