GRAND-BASSAM, Ivory Coast – Ivory Coast will beef up security on its beaches and reinforce its borders, as it investigates the Islamic extremist attack on the beach town of Grand-Bassam, where the death toll has risen to 19.
Government spokesman Bruno Kone said Wednesday that it will also give money to the resort town, including local hotels, businesses and artisans, to get it back on its feet after the devastating assault on Sunday.
Kone said the dead included four French, one German, one Lebanese, one Macedonian, one Nigerian and 11 Ivorians, including three security forces.
Local businesspeople said they worry about the town's future, as it is reliant upon foreign and local tourists who come on weekends.
Ivory Coast's Cabinet met in Grand-Bassam on Wednesday to show confidence in the town.