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© Sia Kambou, AFP | Employees load a body into a van after heavily armed gunmen opened fire in the Ivory Coast resort town of Grand-Bassam, leaving bodies strewn on the beach, killing at least 16 people.

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2016-03-16

Gunmen opened fire on a beach in Ivory Coast’s seaside town of Grand-Bassam on Sunday, killing 14 civilians and two soldiers. Al Qaeda’s North African branch has claimed the attack. See the day's events as they unfolded on FRANCE 24’s liveblog.

  • Al Qaeda-linked militants killed at least 14 civilians and two soldiers when they opened fire on a crowded beach in the resort town of Grand-Bassam, 40 kilometres east of Abidjan, Ivory Coast’s commercial capital.
  • The attack was claimed by al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), the terror network’s North African branch, which carried out recent attacks in neighbouring Mali and Burkina Faso.
  • Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara said six assailants were “neutralised” by security forces.
  • Officials said four of the fatalities were European citizens. France has confirmed the death of one of its citizens.
  • France, which has 18,000 citiziens in the Ivory Coast, has opened emergency phone lines in Paris (+33.1.43.17.56.46) and Abidjan (+225.20.20.05.44).
     

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Date created : 2016-03-13

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