Mutinous soldiers released Ivory Coast’s Defence Minister Alain Richard Donwahi late Saturday after detaining him for two hours in a tense standoff over pay.
Donwahi flew into the West African country’s second city Bouake earlier Saturday in a bid to defuse an escalating crisis.
According to an AFP photographer, he was whisked out on a plane from the local airport shortly after his release.
President Alassane Ouattara had announced a deal to end the dispute Saturday evening following talks between Donwahi and the soldiers, who took control of Bouake early Friday.
But angry troops rejected the terms of the agreement, firing Kalashnikov rifles and heavy weapons outside local government offices where they were meeting to block Donwahi and his team from leaving.