Militants linked to al-Qaeda said they led an attack that killed at least 16 people in Ivory Coast, the third assault on a West African hotel since November.
Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) claimed responsibility, Mauritanian newspaper al-Akhbar said, citing sources close to the Islamist fighters. The groups use the paper to publish claims of responsibility. At least 14 civilians and two soldiers were killed, AFP reported, citing President Alassane Ouattara. At least six militants were killed, the Government said in an e-mailed statement.
Ivory Coast, the world’s biggest producer of cocoa, has been on high alert since November when militants linked to al-Qaeda led an attack at a Radisson hotel in Mali that left about 20 dead. The group pledged to continue attacking allies of France and led a similar assault that left about 30 dead in Burkina Faso in February.
The Islamist fighters have established bases in northern Mali since a coup in 2012. Read more