Last updated: 02:27 PM ET, Sun March 13 2016

Gunmen Attack Beachgoers at Ivory Coast Resort

Impacting Travel | Amy Coyne Bredeson | March 13, 2016

Gunmen Attack Beachgoers at Ivory Coast Resort

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Gunmen opened fire on Sunday on a beach in the Ivory Coast tourist town of Grand-Bassam, killing at least 12 people, The Guardian reported. 

According to The Guardian, local media outlets reported that gunmen held hotel guests and staff hostage in L’Etoile du Sud (the Southern Star) hotel in West Africa.

It is unknown at this point who the attackers were, but sources have said there were between two and four of them, The Guardian said.

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The news service said that local reports claimed the gunmen shouted the words “Allahu Akbar” as they began their shooting rampage.

“For the moment, we have a total of 12 dead, including four Europeans ... We don’t know yet if there are others,” an officer with the national police told Reuters. “We are doing clean-up operations right now.” 

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According to CNN, the government said that victims included five men, five women and one child, but did not say if these victims were injured or killed. 

CNN reported that the U.S. Embassy in Abidjan, located about 25 miles from Grand-Bassam, said they had no evidence that U.S. citizens were targeted or hurt in the assault.

The French Embassy in Abidjan told CNN that it was advising people to limit their travel in the area.


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