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22 dead in terrorist outrage in Ivory Coast

By PA Reporters

More than a dozen people have died after armed men stormed an Ivory Coast beach resort.

A spokeswoman for the Foreign Office said officials were "urgently" trying to establish whether any British nationals had been caught up in the gunfire.

President Alassane Ouattara said 14 civilians, six attackers, and two special forces operatives were killed in the attack on three hotels in Grand-Bassam, a popular weekend destination for both Ivorian nationals and foreigners.

Photos posted to social media apparently taken at the scene showed bodies sprawled on the beach.

Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted that he was appalled by the terror attack.

Bournemouth footballer Max Gradel, who is from the Ivory Coast, tweeted: "May God protect my lovely country in this hard moment Cote D'ivoire."

Last night al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb claimed responsibility. The SITE Intelligence Group said the Islamic extremists made the declaration in a post to its Telegram channels, calling three of the attackers "heroes" for the assault.

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