Tourist resort in Mali's capital attacked by suspected jihadists

Claudine Rigal
Juin 19, 2017

Meanwhile, the Minister of security of the country Salif Traore has said that the attack killed at least two people.

Mali's security minister later issued a statement confirming at least two deaths, one of which was a dual French-Gabonese citizen.

Residents living near the resort said that shots were fired and smoke could be seen in the air.

Eyewitnesses, however, told Anadolu Agency that more than seven people were killed in the attack, including three civilians and one Malian soldier.

The Ministry of national security do not exclude that the attack could have committed jihadists.

This is published unedited from the ANI feed. The resort is also popular with expatriates who use its facilities to host business meetings and team-building exercises.

The EU Training Mission in Mali tweeted a statement that it was aware of the attack and was assessing the situation. The U.S. Embassy warning included what it said was an increased threat against Western diplomatic missions and places of worship, among others.

Jihadis on Sunday afternoon attacked the hotel resort, yelling "Allah Akbar" and taking hostages.

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

Mali special forces spokesman and commanding officer Modibo Naman Traore says at least four people have been killed in the attack by jihadis at Le Campement Kangaba on the outskirts of Bamako, Mali's capital.

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.

French troops and a 10,000-strong United Nations peacekeeping force have battled to stabilise the former French colony, which is riven by ethnic conflict and plagued by dozens of armed groups. A devastating attack on the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako later that year left 20 dead - six Malians and 14 foreigners.

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