“Gunfire began earlier in the Special Forces’ camp and then the town began panicking as armed soldiers left the barracks,” Reuters quoted a resident as saying.
A spokesman for the army confirmed that there was gunfire in the Adiake barracks but was not immediately able to confirm that a mutiny had occurred, Reuters reported.
Côte d’Ivoire, French-speaking West Africa’s largest economy, has emerged from a decade-long political crisis as one of the continent’s rising economic stars.
However, years of conflict and a failure to reform its army, thrown together from a patchwork of former rebel fighters and government soldiers, have left the country with an unruly force hobbled by internal divisions.
The government last month agreed to a payment demand by a group of mainly former rebel fighters who claimed they were owed money for fighting against ex-president Laurent Gbagbo.
Ivorian authorities have not released details but mutiny leaders said the deal included a promise to pay 12 million CFA francs ($19,476.73) to some 8,400 troops.