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Ivory Coast to Try Terror Suspects

Ivory Coast special forces are seen at Agban gendarmerie camp during French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve and French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault visit them, in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, March 15, 2016.

The long-awaited trial of suspects in a 2016 attack on a tourist resort in Ivory Coast that left 19 dead will start next week, officials said Monday.

"A trial is scheduled to start" on November 30 with 18 people in the dock, a judicial official told AFP, adding that proceedings could run until December 22.

Those on trial stand accused of "acts of terrorism in association with a collective organization", the source said.

On March 13, 2016, 19 people were killed, including for French nationals, when three gunmen attacked vacationers in the resort of Grand-Bassam, 40 kilometers east of Ivory Coast's economic hub Abidjan.

The assault, the first of its kind in Ivory Coast, was claimed by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQMI).