Ivory Coast Terror Attack – 16 Dead

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Ivory Coast Terror Attack- 16 Dead

Fourteen civilians and two African Special Forces soldiers have been killed in an Al-Qaeda (AQIM)  linked attack on an upscale hotel in Grand Bassam, Ivory Coast. Heavily armed men in balaclavas stormed the beach resort while shouting “allahu akbar” and opened fire on both children and adults. Six attackers were “neutralized.”


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Shooting victims on the beach at the resort in Ivory Coast- Twitter photo by @lopezdube

Americans unharmed

The hotel is popular with foreigners, but a White House official may have narrowly missed the incident. The U.S. Embassy advised Americans to “shelter in place.”

The Ivory Coast Beach Resort was the target of today’s terror attack that took the lives of sixteen people. The U.S. Embassy stated that there is “no evidence” that the Americans staying there were the target of the jihadists from “Ansar al-Dine” or “defenders of the faith,” an Al-Qaeda linked group.

Fox News reported,

Assistant Secretary of Commerce Marcus Jadotte was leading a group of Americans in Grand-Bassam, including college recruiters from the University of Florida. U.S. embassy officials from the capital city of Abidjan were also included in the group, according to the source.

The American delegation had not yet arrived when the attack occurred.

Twitter photo of Ivory Coast authorities arriving at the resort

Though no Americans were killed in the attack, one French citizen was among the dead. French President Francois Hollande called it a “cowardly” act.

“France will bring its logistical support and intelligence to Ivory Coast to find the attackers.”[France] will pursue and intensify its cooperation with its partners in the fight against terrorism.” Francois Hollande

More than one hotel hit

CNN and AFP reported that three hotels were hit. Search operations are in progress, and the exact number of attackers is unknown. Witnesses stated that some of them “roamed the beach” firing at guests. Ivory Coast authorities state that the hotels are “secure.”

One person described an attacker as carrying a Kalashnikov and having a grenade belt.

One of the deceased was a child. A witness, another child, said that  he and his friend were approached by a gunman. He said that he knelt down and prayed as the gunman shot his friend.

The Ansar Dine group claimed responsibility for the attacks. Ivory Coast was once one of the most stable countries in Africa, but with the rise of Islamists is now just as dangerous as the rest. Analysts feared more attacks at hotels after both Mali and Burkina Faso were hit in 2015.

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