Ivory Coast arrests man suspected of link to Grand Bassam hotel attack

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ABIDJAN   – Ivory Coast authorities arrested a man Thursday suspected of transporting weapons for an attack that killed 19 people at the beach resort of Grand Bassam March, according national television.

“The driver who transported the weapons was arrested Thursday. He is currently being interrogated in the station,” said a presenter on national television.

No details were given. Reuters could immediately verify the statement and the police were not available for comment.

Gunmen shot swimmers and sunbathers before storming into several hotels in Grand Bassam, 40 km (25 miles) the commercial capital, Abidjan, on March 13. Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for the attack. [nL5N16M30G]

About 17 people have been arrested in connection with the attacks, although the suspected ringleader, Kounta Dallah, remains at large.(Reuters)