“Ivory Coast shooting: ’12 dead including four Europeans’ in gun attack on Grand-Bassam beach resort popular with Western tourists,” by Samuel Osborne, Independent, March 13, 2016 (thanks to Steve):
Several people are feared dead after at least four heavily armed gunmen attacked a beach resort in the Ivory Coast.
At least 12 people are reported dead including four Europeans near the Hotel Etoile du Sud, in the coastal city of Grand-Bassam, which is popular with Western tourists.
In a now-deleted post on social media, the Ivory Coast government confirmed there were at least 11 casualties, including a five-year-old child.
Witnesses reported hearing the gunmen shout “Allahu Akbar” (God is great) as they opened fire.
There are varying reports of both the number feared dead and the number of attackers.
A government spokesperson told Bloomberg at least five attackers had been killed and another five were on the run.
Local media reports the gunmen had entered the Hotel Etoile Du Sud, taking guests and staff hostage.
The shooting started at the hotel Koral Beach and continued in nearby establishments, according to the website Ivorian Connection.
Images of the attack on social media show dead bodies on the beach, which has now been evacuated by the army….
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Update: Death Toll Now at 16 Dead