Security forces in Ivory Coast have “neutralised six terrorists” on Sunday after a deadly attack at Grand Bassam, a beach resort town, leaving a dozen people dead, Interior Minister Hamed Bakayoko said.
“Three hotels in Grand Bassam were attacked this Sunday by armed men. Security and defence forces intervened immediately and were able to neutralise six terrorists. The clean-up operation is under way,” he said on state television.
Earlier reports indicated that four Europeans were among the 12 dead.
“For the moment, we have a total of 12 dead, including four Europeans … We don’t know yet if there are others. We are doing clean-up operations right now,” the officer told security forces during a briefing attended by a Reuters reporter.