Al- Qaeda's North Africa branch claimed responsibility after six gunmen opened fire on civilians at anIvory Coast beach resort killing atleast 16 people.

The terrorist group fired on beach-goers in Grand Bassam, about 40km (25 miles) from the commercial capital Abidjan. A resort that is popular with both locals and foreigners. One of the dead was French, France’s foreign ministry says as witnesses described horrific scenes as a lazy Sunday afternoon was shattered by West Africa's latest attack.

Fourteen civilians and two Special Forces soldiers were killed before the six assailants were gunned down in the resort of Grand Bassam. Sunday's attack targeted three hotels in the southeastern town, located about 40km east of the country's economic capital, Abidjan.

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