Al Qaeda affiliate claims Ivory Coast attack

By AFP
Published: March 14, 2016
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Soldiers stand guard in front of the Etoile du Sud hotel in Bassam, Ivory Coast, March 13, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

Soldiers stand guard in front of the Etoile du Sud hotel in Bassam, Ivory Coast, March 13, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

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

In a message posted on its Telegram channels, al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) said three of its “heroes” had stormed the Grand-Bassam resort, according to SITE Intelligence Group, which is based just outside Washington.

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President Alassane Ouattara said six gunmen had been killed.

The strike, which targeted three hotels in the former French colonial capital that is popular with Western expatriates, also killed 14 civilians and two special forces troops, he 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 AQIM as saying.

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One witness told AFP they heard one of the assailants shouting “Allahu Akbar.”

The resort lies on the Gulf of Guinea around 25 miles (40 kilometers) east of the commercial hub Abidjan.

Reader Comments (1)

  • Raw is War
    Mar 14, 2016 - 11:32AM

    By the grace of Allah – well we have the reason here for the attack.Recommend

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