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6 armed men shoot beachgoers with 3 Ivory Coast hotels

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) - A minimum of six armed men attacked beachgoers outside three hotels Sunday within Grand-Bassam, sending tourists fleeing through the historic Ivory Coast resort city. Bloody bodies were sprawled in the beach in photos apparently used at the scene and posted upon social media.

Ivory Coast's government stated security forces have "neutralized" the particular six attackers on three resorts, and said that security sweeps are being carried out.
Officials did not say immediately how many were killed or wounded.

FILE-In this file photo used on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, a man, passes a home stead, by having an Ivory Coast national flag, center, seen at a fishing village famous as a tourist hot spot visited by French and other tourist yearly in Grand Bassam, Ivory Coast.
Assailants opened fire on beachgoers Weekend in Grand-Bassam, a historic resort town in Ivory Coast delivering tourists fleeing through hotels. Photos posted to social media apparently taken at the scene showed bodies sprawled on the beach. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam, File)

"A detailed toll will be communicated in the coming hours, " State Minister Hamed Bakayoko stated in the discount jamaica vacation packages statement. "We urge the public to remain calm. "
The bursts of gunfire sent people running from your beach at Grand-Bassam, an UNESCO World Heritage site and well-known destination for Ivorians and foreigners about 40 kilometers (25 miles) eastern of Abidjan, Ivory Coast's industrial center. It was the third major strike on a tourism center in a West African country since November.

"We don't know where they came from, and don't know where they've gone, " said a receptionist at the Etoile de Sud hotel in Grand-Bassam. Everyone in the hotel was safe, and gendarmerie were present, he said. He would not give call him by his name.
Beachgoers could be seen lining up with their hands above their mind as they filed out of the area. Residents who heard the gunfire concealed in their homes, said Josiane Sekongo, 25, who lives across from of the many beachfront hotels.

An American embassy delegation was in Grand-Bassam upon Sunday, but the U. S. Embassy in Abidjan said it is supervising the situation and has no evidence U. S. citizens were targeted, neither confirmed reports that any had been harmed.
Dozens of people were murdered in the earlier attacks on West Africa tourist sites, starting with a siege at a Malian hotel in Nov and then an assault on a hotel and cafe in Burkina Faso in January. Analysts have warned for months that Ivory Coast, which usually shares a border with both of these affected countries, could be hit simply by jihadists as well.

The West African attacks indicate that extremist attacks are spreading from North The african continent, where a beach attack in 06 killed 38 people in Tunisia.
"I have always said that Abidjan (Ivory Coast) and Dakar (Senegal) are the next targets for jihadist groups because these two countries represent windows of France in The african continent, " said Lemine Ould Meters. Salem, an expert on al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb and author of the book "The Bin Laden of the Sahara. "
He said the assailants could be from Moktar Belmoktar's al-Mourabitoun, but that Boko Haram should not be ruled out. The Nigeria-based Boko Haram pledged to the Islamic State last year

AP writers Baba Ahmed in Bamako, Mali, and Carley Petesch in Dakar, Senegal, contributed to this report.
This story was corrected to show that the attack happened near Abidjan, not near Ivory Coast's capital.
FILE-In this file photograph taken on Tuesday, Oct. twenty-seven, 2015, woman carry goods for sale near a fishing village renowned as a tourist hot spot visited simply by French and other tourist yearly in Grand Bassam, Ivory Coast. Enemies opened fire on beach goers Sunday, March 13, 3016, in Grand-Bassam, a historic resort city in Ivory Coast sending travelers fleeing through hotels.

Photos submitted to social media apparently taken on the scene showed bodies sprawled around the beach. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam, File)

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