Conakry - Guinean troops went on the rampage in the capital Conakry, pillaging shops, firing in the air and robbing civilians, leaving dozens injured, hospital and other sources said on Wednesday.
It was the latest incident involving soldiers angered by non-payment of long-overdue wages, despite a government promise on Tuesday to pay the arrears, some of which go back to 1996.
"We admitted more than 20 people with bullet wounds this morning," an official at the capital's main Donka hospital overnight.
Local residents contacted by telephone said dozens of people had been wounded by stray bullets in the districts of Enco 5, Matoto and Yimbaya overnight.
The soldiers had looted food shops and other stores, and held up private cars and taxis to rob the occupants. Drivers quickly abandoned the streets, and it was hours before the injured could be taken to hospital.