Friday 9 December 2016

Ivory Coast beach attack suspects arrested in Mali

Published 28/03/2016 | 16:56

Flowers are laid on a beach where the attack took place in Grand Bassam, Ivory Coast
Flowers are laid on a beach where the attack took place in Grand Bassam, Ivory Coast

Two men have been arrested in Mali in connection with an attack by Islamic extremists in Ivory Coast that left at least 19 people dead this month.

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Commandant Modibo Naman Traore, a spokesman for Malian intelligence services, said the two had been arrested in Goundam in northern Mali.

One of the suspects was identified as the driver who brought the men to Ivory Coast. Authorities identified the second man as his alleged accomplice.

Three men from Mali have already been detained in Ivory Coast.

The March 13 assault on Grand Bassam, a popular tourist destination just outside Abidjan, was the third such attack in the last several months.

Al-Qaida's North African branch claimed responsibility for the beach attack and assaults on hotels in Mali and Burkina Faso.

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