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'At least 16 dead' after gunmen open fire in Ivory Coast resort

'At least 16 dead' after gunmen open fire in Ivory Coast resort

Mark Tran, Alex Smith | The Guardian

Gunmen have killed at least 16 people, including four Europeans, after they opened fire near several hotels in the Ivory Coast. The shooting came amid fears the jihadi threat is spreading in west Africa.

The government said security forces had killed the six assailants who launched attacks on three hotels in the popular seaside town of Grand-Bassam, a weekend retreat for residents of Abidjan, about 25 miles (40km) away.

Among the 16 dead were two soldiers, said the president, Alassane Ouattara. Local media reported gunmen had entered the L’Etoile du Sud (the Southern Star) hotel, seizing guests and staff on Sunday. A French foreign ministry spokesperson said one French national had been killed.

Koba Maiga, a local trader of Malian origin, said he was at the mosque when he heard gunfire at about 1.30pm local time.

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