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Massive Islamic Terrorist Attack Leaves Dozen Dead

Security forces drive towards Grand-Bassam from Abidjan, Ivory Coast, 13 March

Islamic terrorists attacked a resort in the African country of Ivory Coast, leaving at least 12 people dead.


Unidentified assailants fired on guests at the Etoile du Sud hotel in the town of Grand Bassam, about 40km (25 miles) east of the commercial capital Abidjan.

The hotel is popular with both local people and foreigners.

Ivory Coast was seen as a model of stability in West Africa until a civil war erupted in 2002.

The conflict pitted the mainly Muslim north against the largely Christian south. Since then, peace deals have alternated with renewed violence.

The region has been plagued by attacks from ISIS-affiliated groups

BBC regional reporter Maud Jullien says Ivory Coast has been identified as one of several countries in West Africa at risk of being targeted by Islamist militants.

Luxury hotels in countries further north have already been targeted by such groups.

In June 2015, 38 people – most of them British tourists – were shot dead in the Tunisian resort of Sousse, in an attack claimed by the self-styled Islamic State (IS).

More on ISIS in Africa here