The death toll for an attack, claimed by al-Qaeda militants, on a beach resort in Ivory Coast has risen to 16, including four Europeans, officials have said.
At least 16 people have been killed in an attack, by initially unidentified gunmen, on a beach resort in Ivory Coast, rising from the initial five believed killed. Four of the deceased are believed to have been European.
A French foreign ministry spokesperson confirmed one of the dead Europeans was a French citizen. The nationalities of the other victims is unknown.
“Six attackers came onto the beach in Bassam this afternoon,” Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara said during a visit to the site. “We have 14 civilians and two special forces soldiers who were unfortunately killed.”
Militants from al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for the attack, saying six of their gunmen had targeted hotels on a beach at Grand Bassam during the attack. The gunmen were later killed, reports suggest, during clashes with Ivorian security forces.