Angry soldiers have blocked off access to Bouaké, the second largest city in the Cote d’Ivoire, as a revolt over a pay dispute continues.

According to Reuters news agency, Sergeant Seydou Koné said they did not want to negotiate with anyone.

The unrest began after a spokesman for the soldiers announced on Thursday that they had dropped their pay demands.

In January, they forced the government into paying them about US$8 000 each in bonuses to end a rebellion.

They were due to receive a further payment this month and about 8 000 mutineers are unhappy that they were not consulted ahead of Thursday’s televised announcement.

Sergeant Koné added that three former rebels from the country’s civil war era were wounded yesterday after the mutinous soldiers opened fire in Bouaké to stop them staging their own protest.

The mutineers have also taken control of the city of Odienne, in the north, reports say.