The United Nations Security Council is condemning the attacks in Ivory Coast over the weekend that left 18 people dead, including 15 civilians.
The council in a statement today called for the perpetrators and organizers of the attack to be brought to justice.
Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, known as AQIM, has since claimed responsibility.
Grand Bassam, a popular beach resort about 25 miles east of Abidjan, capital of Ivory Coast, was a site of bloodshed when six gunmen indiscriminately opened fire on locals and foreigners on retreat.
The gunmen were described by witnesses as “Africans, armed with Kalashnikovs and grenade belts and dressed in casual clothes who shot at “anyone they could find” as they “calmly” walked along the packed beachfront of Grand Bassam …”
Speaking on the attack, Hamed Bakayoko, Ivory Coast’s Interior Minister, stated that among the victims were foreigners from France, Germany, Burkina Faso, Mali, and Cameroon.
The attack is not the first of its kind. There was a similar attack in November, last year, when 20 were killed at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Mali’s capital, Bamako, and another in January this year when gunmen attacked and killed 30 at the Hotel Splendid and Cappuccino Café in Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou.
Source: New York Times | Photo Credit: Reuters