At Least 14 Civilians, 6 Assailants Dead In Ivory Coast Attack

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ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Ivory Coast’s President Alassane Ouattara says that 14 civilians and six assailants have been killed when the armed men attacked beachgoers and three hotels in Grand-Bassam.

Ouattara is in the town and says he is visiting the different hotels to express condolences and salute security forces for their quick responses.

A hotel owner says at least one person was killed at his hotel, and a reporter saw four dead bodies on a beach in Ivory Coast’s historic southeastern town of Grand-Bassam.

The four bodies were sprawled out on the beach next to the popular hotel Etoile du Sud after gunmen attacked beachgoers outside three hotels Sunday in Grand-Bassam. Security forces and members of the Ivorian Red Cross were clearing the bodies.

Jacques Able, who identified himself as the owner of Etoile du Sud said one person had been killed at the hotel.

Marcel Guy said he saw at least four gunmen with Kalashnikov rifles on the beach. He said one approached two children, and spoke in Arabic. One child knelt and prayed, the other was shot dead.

The government said security forces had “neutralized” at least six attackers.