US condemns terror attacks in Turkey, Cote d'Ivoire

WASHINGTON, March 13 (KUNA) — The Obama Administration Sunday strongly condemned two deadly unrelated terrorist attacks that hit in Turkey and Cote d’Ivoire. At least 30 people are dead in Ankara, according to local authorities, after an explosion tore through a bus believed to have been carrying military personnel. There has been no claim of responsibility.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to those killed and injured as well as to their loved ones,” a statement from the White House said.
“This horrific act is only the most recent of many terrorist attacks perpetrated against the Turkish people. The United States stands together with Turkey, a NATO Ally and valued partner, as we confront the scourge of terrorism,” the Administration said. Meanwhile in Cote d’Ivoire, gunmen killed at least 16 people when they stormed into three beach hotels in the Grand-Bassam area, according to local officials. Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb has reportedly claimed responsibility for the attacks. “The US Embassy in [the capital] Abidjan is making every effort to account for the welfare of American citizens in the area,” State Department Spokesperson John Kirby said.
“We will continue to monitor the situation. Cote d’Ivoire is an important regional partner to the United States, and in the days ahead we stand ready to support the Ivorian government as it investigates this heinous attack,” he added. (end)