Ivory Coast leader to preside over emergency cabinet meeting

2016-03-14 11:14

Grand-Bassam - Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara is scheduled to preside over an emergency cabinet meeting Monday to respond to an by al-Qaeda extremists on a popular beach town that left 16 dead.

Sunday's attack on Grand-Bassam was the first of its kind in Ivory Coast.

Officials had been bracing for such a strike in the wake of similar assaults by al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, or AQIM, in neighboring Burkina Faso and Mali.

Interior Minister Hamed Bakayoko said on state television on Sunday night that the 14 civilian victims came from countries including Burkina Faso, Cameroon, France, Germany and Mali.

Two Ivorian special forces and six assailants were also killed.

Bakayoko said it is too early to give information on the attackers. He said officials had seized mobile phones and other evidence.

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