In light of Monday’s terrorist attacks in Brussels, Belgium, the story of the terrorist attacks which took place earlier this month on the Ivory Coast’s Grand-Bassam beaches, is gaining traction.
On Sunday, March 13, six gunmen opened fire on the Ivory Coast’s oceanfront resorts, where many people, including children, were on the beach taking in the warm weather.
They carried Kalashnikov rifles and hand grenades while walking on the beach shooting men, women and children. Also killed, were two security forces.
Speaking to the BBC, one witness said, “They killed a child, despite him kneeling down and begging. They shot a woman in the chest. I swear, I heard them shouting ‘Allahu Akbar.’ They’ve killed innocent people.”
The horror ended when security forces fatally shot the gunmen. In the end, 22 were dead, which included the assailants, two soldiers and 14 civilians.
The dead civilians included four Westerners and a French and German national.
Taking responsibility for the attack was Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).
President Alassane Ouattara released a statement about the attacks, saying, “These cowardly terrorist attacks will not be tolerated in the Ivory Coast. We have taken important measures. These attacks were brought under control in three or four hours thanks to our security and defense forces.”