It was not immediately known how many people had been killed or injured or who was behind the shooting in Cote D’Ivore , around 40 kilometres east of Abidjan
At least seven people are reported dead and several others injured near the Hotel Etoile du Sud, in the coastal city of Grand-Bassam, which is popular with Western tourists.
Dramatic footage showed people running away from the beach near the Etoil du Sud hotel to sound of gunfire in the background.
Graphic images of dead bodies have also been shared on social media.
One local news outlet reported that one European and their companion were seriously injured.
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