|2016 Grand-Bassam shootings|
The beach that was targeted in the attack, pictured in 2008
|Location||Grand-Bassam, Ivory Coast|
|Date||13 March 2016|
|Mass murder, mass shooting|
|Weapons||Assault rifles |
|Deaths||16 civilians and 3 special forces members |
|Perpetrators||Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb|
No. of participants
Three armed assailants attacked the Étoile du Sud hotel which, according to Agence France-Presse, was occupied by numerous expats at the time.[nb 1] According to officials, 15 civilians and three special forces soldiers were killed.
The attackers were described as African, armed with Kalashnikov rifles and grenade belts and dressed in casual clothes and balaclavas. A shootout occurred between the attackers and police forces as the assailants reached the La Paillote Hotel. Local residents and tourists were evacuated by army personnel from the beach to nearby hotels, which were temporarily placed on lockdown.
The Associated Press quoted Ivorian Government officials as saying that security forces had killed six armed men. The terrorists allegedly shouted "Allahu Akbar". An American embassy delegation was at Grand-Bassam on the date of the attack, but the US Embassy in Abidjan said on Twitter that there is "no evidence that U.S. citizens were targeted nor confirmed reports of any U.S [sic] citizens as harmed."
Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and Al-Mourabitoun claimed responsibility for the attack. On 17 March, AQIM released the names of the attackers: Hamza al-Fulani and Abu Adam al-Ansari from al-Mourabitoun and Abderrahmane al-Fulani from the "Emirate of the Desert".