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Deadly shooting at Ivory Coast hotel claimed by Al-Qaida

At least 18 people have been killed in a shooting at a hotel popular with Westerners in the Ivory Coast.

Four Europeans were reportedly amongst the dead in the attack on the L'Etoile du Sud hotel in the beach resort of Grand-Bassam on Sunday.

The Foreign Office said they were "urgently" trying to establish whether any Brits were involved.

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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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