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Man Utd lose Bailly to African Nations Cup before West Ham clash

Man Utd defender Eric Bailly. Credit: PA

Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho is frustrated with Ivory Coast after they refused to delay Eric Bailly's African Nations Cup departure by 24 hours.

Bailly returned to the starting XI in Saturday's 2-1 win over Middlesbrough and Mourinho hoped he would be available to take on West Ham on Monday.

That could not happen without the consent of his national side, who are preparing for the tournament in Gabon, and coach Michel Dussuyer was not willing to take the risk.

"Bailly is leaving - he goes to the national team," Mourinho said.

"He has to be with them on 2 January. We asked them for him to be on 3 January but they refused, so he cannot play against West Ham.

"With these kind of decisions they are controlling every second, so for sure they are going to win the African Cup.

"I know I lose Bailly for a month so I'm going to have (Chris) Smalling, (Marcus) Rojo, (Phil) Jones… three players for eight matches."

Four French nationals among Ivory Coast dead

Investigators continue to inspect the hotel where the gunmen opened fire. Credit: Reuters

Four French nationals have been confirmed among the dead after an Al-Qaida terror attack at a beach resort on the Ivory Coast.

In total, 18 people were killed including 15 civilians and three members of the security forces.

President Alassane Ouattara has declared three days of mourning for the country, which has never before been hit by Al-Qaida.


Death toll after Ivory Coast hotel shooting rises to 18

Gunmen stormed the beaches at the resort, which is popular with Westerners Credit: Reuters

The death toll following a shooting at a hotel in the Ivory Coast this weekend has risen to 18, the country's Interior Minister has confirmed.

According to the official 15 civilians and three members of the nation's security forces were killed in the attack on the L'Etoile du Sud hotel in the beach resort of Grand-Bassam.

Yaya Touré pays tribute to Ivory Coast attack victims

Manchester City's Yaya Touré has posted a touching tribute to the victims of the deadly terror attack in the Ivory Coast.

Writing on his official Facebook page, Touré, 32, said: "I am saying prayers for all the mourning families and offer comfort and support to the Ivorian population."

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David Cameron 'appalled' at Ivory Coast terror attack

Security officers examine a hotel after an attack in Grand Bassam, Ivory Coast Credit: Reuters

David Cameron has said that he is "appalled" by the terrorist attack in the Ivory Coast and a blast in the Turkish capital Ankara which killed at least 32 people.

The Foreign Office has advised Britons to avoid the Grand Bassam resort in Ivory Coast in the wake of the terror attack.

"If you are in the vicinity follow the instructions of the security authorities, " the advice says.

It also warns there is a "high threat from terrorism" across the Ivory Coast and says travellers should be vigilant.

"Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners."

Al-Qaida group claim responsibility for Ivory Coast attack

Gunmen stormed the beaches at the resort, which is popular with Westerners Credit: Reuters

The North African branch of Al-Qaida has apparently claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack on a resort in the Ivory Coast which killed at least 16 people.

Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb said they were behind Sunday's attack on the resort town on Grand Bassam, according to the Site terrorist monitoring group.

Sixteen people including two soldiers were killed, while the six terrorists also died in clashes with security forces.


Hollande vows to increase anti-terror measures after attack

Mr Hollande said that France would track down those responsible Credit: Reuters

The French President Francois Hollande has denounced a "cowardly" attack on an Ivory Coast resort that left at last 16 people dead.

At least one French citizen is among the dead after gunmen stormed beaches in the resort of Grand Bassam.

Mr Hollande said that France would track down those responsible and increase anti-terror measures in the country in a message of defiance.

France will bring its logistical support and intelligence to Ivory Coast to find the attackers.

It will pursue and intensify its cooperation with its partners in the fight against terrorism.

– Francois Hollande

Sixteen dead including two soldiers in Ivory Coast attack

Visitors are evacuated in the aftermath of the attack on Grand Bassam Credit: Reuters

Sixteen people including two soldiers have been killed in an apparent terror attack on a resort town in the Ivory Coast, the country's president has said.

It came as the French Foreign ministry reported that one of its citizens among those dead.

Ivory Coast president Alassane Ouattara said that all six terrorists had also perished.

Six attackers came onto the beach in Bassam this afternoon ... We have 14 civilians and two special forces soldiers who were unfortunately killed.

– Alassane Ouattara

At least four Europeans are reported to have been killed in the assault on Grand Bassam.

The UK Foreign Office has said it is "urgently" working to find out if any Britons were among the casualties.

Ivory Coast killers 'roamed beach firing shots'

People comfort each other at the scene of the attack in the Ivory Coast Credit: Reuters

A witness to the deadly Ivory Coast attacks has said that they saw four men roaming the beach and firing shots.

"We were on the beach, we heard the gunshots and we saw people fleeing -- we understood this was an attack," witness Braman Kinda told AFP.

Kinda said four attackers had "roamed the beach firing shots".

A witness also told the news agency they heard one of the killers shouting "Allahu akbar", Arabic for "God is greatest".

If confirmed, it would suggest that Islamist militants may have been behind the attacks.

Six 'terrorists' killed after Ivory Coast resort attack

Soldiers stand guard around a boy caught up in the attack Credit: Reuters

Security forces have "neutralised" six terrorists involved in an attack on a resort in Ivory Coast, the country's interior minister Hamed Bakayoko said on state television.

Three hotels in Grand Bassam were attacked this Sunday by armed men.

Security and defence forces intervened immediately and were able to neutralise six terrorists.

The clean-up operation is under way.

– Hamed Bakayoko

Witnesses have said that multiple masked gunmen were involved in the attack on Grand Bassam, which is popular with Western visitors.

It is not yet clear how many assailants were involved, and there has been no claim of responsibility from any terror group.

Alexis Adélé, a correspondent for Le Monde newspaper, said an employee at the hotel involved had told him the attackers had arrived by boat.

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