Two Malians arrested in Senegal over I Coast beach attack

2017-02-24 10:08
iStock

iStock

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Dakar - Senegalese police have arrested two Malians suspected of involvement in a jihadist attack on an Ivory Coast beach resort last year that killed 19 people.

More than 10 suspects have already been detained in relation to the March 13 assault, when assailants armed with grenades and assault rifles stormed three hotels in Grand-Bassam, a beachside resort popular with foreigners 40km from Abidjan.

The attack, the first of its kind in the Ivory Coast, was claimed by al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, which has also carried out assaults on tourist hotspots in Mali and Burkina Faso.

Around 20 people were wounded in the incident.

The two Malians were arrested in Dakar, according to police spokesman Henry Boumy Ciss, who identified the men as Ould Sidy Mohamed Sina and Ould Am Sidalamine.

Ould Sidy Mohamed Sina "was the contact of the alleged planner" of the attack, Ciss added.

Despite the slew of arrests, the Malian man believed to be the main brains behind the attack, identified as Kounta Dallah, is still at large.

Read more on:    al-qaeda  |  mali  |  ivory coast  |  senegal  |  west africa
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.