At least five people have been killed, after unidentified gunmen opened fire, at a beach resort, in the Ivory Coast.
Unidentified gunmen have killed at least five people at the beach resort of Grand Bassam in Ivory Coast.
Officials say six assailants fired on beach-goers in the town, located about 40km (25 miles) east of the country’s commercial capital Abidjan.
The resort is popular with both locals and foreigners. One of the deceased was a French citizen, France’s foreign ministry says.
Ivory Coast was seen as a model of stability in West Africa until a civil war erupted in 2002. The conflict pitted the mainly Muslim north against the largely Christian south. Since the conflict, peace deals have alternated with renewed violence.
Military officials were quoted as saying five people were killed, but other reports put the death toll higher. Interior Minister Hamed Bakayoko said the gunmen had been “neutralised”.
One witness told reporters that “heavily armed men wearing balaclavas” had opened fire near the L’Etoile du Sud hotel, which was full of expats.
Another eyewitness, Souleymane Kamagate, says he saw people running from the beach and fleeing in all directions.