(DAILYMAIL) — Suspected al Qaeda gunmen who stormed a popular tourist resort in the Ivory Coast killing at least 16 people reportedly were targeting a U.S. delegation led by the assistant commerce secretary.
According to Fox News, Assistant Secretary of Commerce Marcus Jadotte is visiting the country to lead a group of Americans in Grand-Bassam that included college recruiters from the University of Florida.
Also included in that group were U.S. embassy officials from the capital city of Abidjan, Fox News reported. The U.S. Embassy in Abidjan said it is monitoring the situation in Grand-Bassam and it has no evidence that U.S. citizens were targeted nor confirmed reports of any U.S citizens harmed.
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The U.S. delegation was expected to arrive at Etoile du Sud, but had not yet made it to the popular hotel when the attack happened.