Attack on Ivory Coast Resort Town Leaves 16 Dead

French President Hollande vows to help the country track down the attackers.

People load a body into a van after heavily armed gunmen opened fire in the Ivory Coast resort town of Grand Bassam on Sunday, March 13, 2016.
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Fourteen civilians and two soldiers were killed in the Ivory Coast beach resort of Grand Bassam on Sunday when gunmen stormed the popular weekend retreat and opened fire, President Alassane Ouattara said. 

"Six attackers came onto the beach in Bassam this afternoon... We have 14 civilians and two special forces soldiers who were unfortunately killed," Ouattara said during a visit to the site.

The six attackers were also killed, he said. 

French President Francois Hollande denounced the "cowardly attack" at the resort town.

"France will bring its logistical support and intelligence to Ivory Coast to find the attackers. It will pursue and intensify its cooperation with its partners in the fight against terrorism," Hollande said.