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16 killed in Ivory Coast attack, Al-Qaeda claims responsibility

Ivorian president Alassane Ouattara (C) visits the beach resort of Grand-Bassam after gunmen went on a shooting rampage in three hotels, on March 13, 2016. Fourteen civilians and two soldiers were killed in the attack, President Alassane Ouattara said. / AFP / SIA-KAMBOU

Ivorian president Alassane Ouattara (C) visits the beach resort of Grand-Bassam after gunmen went on a shooting rampage in three hotels, on March 13, 2016. Fourteen civilians and two soldiers were killed in the attack, President Alassane Ouattara said. / AFP / SIA-KAMBOU

Al-Qaeda’s North African affiliate claimed a deadly attack by heavily-armed gunmen on the Ivory Coast resort of Grand-Bassam on Sunday that killed at least 16 people, US-based monitors said.

“By the grace of Allah and His granting of success, three heroes from the knights of Qaedat al-Jihad in the Islamic Maghreb were able to storm the tourist resort ‘Grand Bassam,’ situated east of the city of Abidjan, in Ivory Coast,” the SITE Intelligence Group quoted Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb as saying in a post.

Fourteen civilians and two soldiers were killed in the Sunday attack President Alassane Ouattara said.

“The toll is heavy. The terrorists succeeded in killing 14 civilians and we have lost two members of the special forces,” said the president, who travelled to the scene of the attack.

Six gunmen who carried out the attack were also killed, he said.



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