Mali security minister: 4 jihadis killed in resort attack

Claudine Rigal
Juin 19, 2017

Two people were killed when an unknown number of gunmen attacked a luxury resort in the African country of Mali on Sunday.

The attack occurred on Sunday afternoon when unidentified militants launched attack at the Kangaba Le Campement resort on the suburb of capital Bamako.

Modibo Diarra, a nearby resident, said: "I heard gunfire coming from the camp and I saw people running out of the tourist site".

"I am shocked by the attack in Mali so close to the capital of Bamako", Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs said, according to ANP.

"We have recovered the bodies of two attackers who were killed", he said while adding that the search for the other two bodies are presently on.

However, he said two people had been killed, including a French-Gabonese citizen and another whose nationality was not yet known, he said.

"Sunday's violence came about a week after the State Department warned US citizens of "possible future attacks" on locations in Bamako that Westerners frequent".

It sits on the outskirts of Bamako, where the Radisson Blu hotel was the target of a previous terror attack that left more than 20 people dead in November 2015. Malian security forces backed by French troops deployed to push them out.

Special forces and soldiers were at the scene to assess the impact of the attack, police spokesman Kali Diakite said by phone.

Mali has been unstable for years, ever since an extremist uprising in northern Mali in 2012 put much of the country into the hands of Islamist and other rebel groups.

France intervened in Mali in 2013 to oust Islamic extremists who had seized control of the major northern towns the year before.

Initially concentrated in the desert north, attacks have increasingly struck the center and south, around Bamako. But the militants have continued targeting Malian forces and peacekeepers, making it the deadliest United Nations mission in the world.

That attack was claimed by the militant group al-Mourabitoun, which said it collaborated with an al-Qaida affiliate in the violence.

The Kangaba, located on the eastern edge of Bamako, boasts accommodation in hut-style rooms, as well as restaurants and swimming pools, according to its website.

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