The feet and utility belt of what Ivorian security officers said was a dead attacker is seen on the beach in Grand Bassam, Ivory Coast, March 13, 2016. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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Ivory Coast ministers were to hold emergency talks Monday after the first jihadist attack on its soil claimed 16 lives at a beach resort frequented by foreigners, as fears grow of a mounting jihadist threat in west Africa.Armed with grenades and assault rifles, the assailants stormed three hotels in the former colonial capital of Ivory Coast, the world's top cocoa producer, spraying bullets across the beach.Fourteen civilians and two special forces troops were killed in the shooting spree, along with six assailants, according to Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara, who described it as a "terrorist" attack.Sunday's attack bore grim similarities to the Islamist gun and grenade assault on a Tunisian beach resort last June, which left 38 foreign holidaymakers dead.Gunmen killed 30 people in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou in January, while an attack in Mali the previous November left 20 dead.
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