At least 14 people, including a 5 year old child, are dead after being shot by 4 gunmen who hollered “Allahu Akbar” before opening fire on a public beach in the Ivory Coast, West Africa.
As reported by the Daily Mail,
Suspected al Qaeda gunmen who stormed a tourist resort in the Ivory Coast shot dead a young child because he did not speak Arabic, an eyewitness has revealed.
At least four men armed with AK47s and hand grenades gunned down 14 people in the historic town of Grand Bassam before they were killed in a shootout with Government troops.
One survivor, Marcel Guy, told of how the shooters approached two children and spoke to them in Arabic. He said one child knelt and prayed and the other one was shot on the spot.
Terror group Al Qaeda in the Maghreb has claimed responsibility for the attack through one of their social media accounts, but this has not been independently verified.
Several French nationals may have been killed in the deadly attack, with witnesses describing how the gunmen arrived on the beach via a boat.
Josiane Sekongo, 25, who lives across from one of the town’s many beachfront hotels, described the shocking moment the attack took place.
She ran outside after hearing gun fire and saw people sprinting away from the beach to hide in their homes, moments before the security forces arrived.
‘I saw seven dead that I filmed. There were four attackers. I was swimming when it started and I ran away,’ said Dramane Kima a local who filmed the bodies on Bassam’s shore.
Watch this eyewitness report of the incident:
There is nothing more despicable than declaring “god is great!” before slaughtering innocent men, women, and children.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.