Mali arrests third suspect in Ivory Coast attacks

Police cordon off area in Ivory Coast were attacks took place.

Authorities in Mali have arrested a third man believed to be linked to last month’s deadly al Qaeda attack on a beach resort in neighboring Ivory Coast.

Gunmen shot swimmers and sunbathers before storming hotels in the town of Grand Bassam, killing 19 people at  about  40 km (25 miles) from the commercial capital, Abidjan, on March 13.

One source said Alou Doumbia, the suspect was arrested on Saturday in the Malian capital of Bamako and suspected of driving the gunmen from Mali to Ivory Coast.

A second police source confirmed the arrest.

Saturday’s arrest was the third reported in Mali linked to the Grand Bassam attacks, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), the Islamist group’s North African branch claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Eleven Ivorians, including three special forces’ soldiers, died in the attack. Four French citizens were killed, other foreign victims included citizens of Germany, Lebanon, Macedonia and Nigeria.

Ivory Coast authorities have also arrested 15 people and say the ringleader, who they named as Kounta Dallah, was still at large.