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Al-Qaida group claims responsibility

A group that monitors jihadist websites says that al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb has claimed responsibility for today’s attack on a beach resort town in Ivory Coast.

SITE Intelligence Group said the Islamic extremist group made the declaration in a post to its Telegram channels, calling three of the attackers “heroes” for the assault on the Grand Bassam beach resort.

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara (ah-lah-SAHN’ WAH’-tah-rah), visiting the scene of the attack, says at least 14 civilians and two security forces were killed along with six assailants.

It’s the third attack on a tourist center in a West African country since November.

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