Attack on L’Etoile du Sud hotel in resort popular with Westerners claimed by al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb
Al Qaeda’s North African branch has claimed responsibility for a terror attack on an Ivory Coast beach resort on Sunday in which 16 people, including four Europeans, were killed.
Six gunmen targeted hotels on a beach at Grand Bassam, a weekend retreat popular with Western expatriates about 25 miles east of the commercial capital Abidjan, before being killed in clashes with Ivorian security forces, the government said.
A top French expert said that the attack was “clearly against France”, which has former colonial ties with the country and a continent of 600 soldiers nearby.
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