Ivory Coast and Turkey face terrorist attacks, Pope Francis sends his condolence
Sixteen (16) people lost their lives at the Grand-Bassam beach resort, in Ivory Coast on Sunday. Fourteen of those killed were civilians and two were soldiers, three of the terrorist also lost their lives in the attack. 33 people were injured.
The Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb claimed responsibility of the attack in Ivory Coast.
The Holy Father have sent a condolence message to the families of the victims to Bishop Raymond Ahoua of Grand Bassam, through Cardinal Parolin saying: “Upon hearing the news of the heinous attack in Grand-Bassam, His Holiness Pope Francis presents condolences to the bereaved and assures the injured his spiritual closeness."
The telegram also says that the Holy Father “entrusts the victims to the mercy of God to welcome them into his peace and light."
The Holy Father also sent a condolence message to Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, through Cardinal Parolin (Vatican Secretary of State) after a suicide car bomb killed at least 37 people in Ankara on Sunday. Over 120 people were also injured when the car exploded in the the Capital city of Turkey, Ankara.
The Kurdish rebel group, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or an affiliate group are suspected of being behind the attack.
Cardinal Parolin writing on behalf of the Pope said that the Holy Father was “deeply saddened to learn of the injury and tragic loss of life caused by the bombing in Ankara."
“His Holiness Pope Francis assures the Turkish people of his spiritual closeness and solidarity," the statement said.
“He prays for the eternal rest of those who have died and for all who mourn their loss, as well as for the recovery of those affected by this heinous act of violence. Mindful of the generous service being rendered by security and emergency personnel, His Holiness invokes the divine blessings of peace, healing and strength upon the nation."