The Latest: French deaths in Ivory Coast attack rises to 4

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Posted: Mar 14, 2016 2:14 PM
The Latest: French deaths in Ivory Coast attack rises to 4

GRAND-BASSAM, Ivory Coast (AP) — The Latest on Ivory Coast beach attack. (all times local):

18:10

The French president's office has announced that the toll of French killed in the attack by Islamic extremists on an Ivory Coast beach resort town has risen to four. Of the 15 civilians killed in the Sunday attack, the foreigners killed include people from Burkina Faso, Cameroon, France, Germany and Mali.

The statement from Elysee Palace says that France's Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve will go to Ivory Coast Tuesday in a show of solidarity. The statement said that France will support Ivory Coast's counter-terrorism measures and affirmed that "co-operation between all states menaced by terrorist groups, notably in West Africa, must intensify more than ever."

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15:05

Ivory Coast's Interior Minister Hamed Bakayoko has announced a revised death toll for the Islamic extremist attack on the beach town of Gand-Bassam. Bakamoko said 15 civilians and three special forces were killed, up from 14 and two respectively. He said that only three attackers were killed, not the six that was claimed on Sunday. The lower number of extremist attackers agrees with al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, which said that three attackers had died when the group claimed responsibility for the attack.

Bakamoko spoke after the emergency meeting of Cabinet ministers and the National Security Council. He also said that three days of national mourning have been declared beginning Monday. He said the next Cabinet meeting will be Wednesday at Grand-Bassam.

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14:00

Pope Francis has condemned as "hateful" the Ivory Coast attacks and sent a telegram of condolences for the victims. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican secretary of state, sent the telegram to the bishop of Grand-Bassam, Monsignor Raymond Ahoua on Monday.

It said the pope is praying for the dead and wanted to express his solidarity with the country's people. He said "he once again condemns violence and hatred in all its forms."

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13:15

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara met with Cabinet ministers and his National Security Council on Monday for an emergency meeting following the attack by Islamic extremists on the beach resort town of Grand-Bassam which killed 16. The Twitter feed for Ouattara's his office said a minute of silence was observed during the meeting.

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12:55 p.m.

The German news agency is reporting that the German woman who was killed in Ivory Coast was the head of the Goethe Institute there. The news agency reported that Henrike Grohs, 51, headed the German language and culture institute in Ivory Coast since 2013.

Other foreigners among the 16 killed in the attack by Islamic extremists include people from Burkina Faso, Cameroon, France and Mali.

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12:40 p.m.

Ivory Coast security forces briefly cleared a section of beach in Grand-Bassam on Monday after receiving reports that explosives had been found there.

Authorities roped off two small sections of the beach at La Nouvelle Paillote hotel, one of three hotels targeted in Sunday's attack by Islamic extremists that left 16 dead.

Witnesses said the explosives were found near where two of the attackers were shot dead by Ivorian special forces Sunday afternoon. Officials have said six assailants were killed. The beach was re-opened about 30 minutes later.