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Gunmen Open Fire at Grand-Bassam Beach Resort in Ivory Coast

A U.S. trade delegation was in Grand-Bassam Sunday



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    Employees load a body into a van after heavily-armed gunmen opened fire in the Ivory Coast resort town of Grand-Bassam, leaving bodies strewn on the beach, killing at least five people. The assailants, who were "heavily armed and wearing balaclavas, fired at guests at the L'Etoile du Sud, a large hotel which was full of expats in the current heatwave," another witness told AFP.

    Six people carried out attacks near three hotels in Ivory Coast on Sunday, killing at least 16 people, according to the government, NBC News reported. 

    Two soldiers and four Europeans are among those who were killed. There was no evidence that any Americans were targeted or hurt, the U.S. Embassy said.

    The attackers split into two groups and continued the attack for more than three hours, President Alassane Ouattara said. The attackers were killed. 

    Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb claimed responsibility for the assaults, according to global security firm and NBC News partner Flashpoint Intelligence.