4 jihadis killed in Mali attack

Frederick Owens
June 19, 2017

Suspected jihadists in the West African country of Mali attacked a luxury resort popular with foreigners on the outskirts of the country's capital Sunday, killing at least two people.

He also said that apart from two killed people another seven were injured, while the total number of rescued hostages amounted to 36.

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

"I heard gunfire coming from the camp and I saw people running out of the site", said Modibo Diarra, who lives nearby.

Security Message: Ongoing attack at Hotel Kangaba "Le Campement" 30 min southeast of #Bamako, #Mali.

Moussa Ag Infahi, director of the national police, told The Associated Press that three of the assailants had been killed while a fourth escaped. "We are in the process of confirming the other's nationality", said Baba Cisse, a security ministry spokesman, as cited by Reuters.

In March 2016, at least 14 civilians and two special forces troops were killed when gunmen stormed the Ivorian beach resort of Grand-Bassam, which was also claimed by AQIM.

"There is the ultimate problem where governance is very weak in these areas, and there are political, economic and social crises that jihadist groups can exploit", Bokhari said.

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French military spokesman Col. Patrik Steiger said he had "strictly no information" about French military involvement in the incident at the Campement Kangaba.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. "Malian special forces intervened and about 20 hostages have been released", Salif Traore told reporters.

Extremist violence, once limited to Mali's north, has spread further south in recent years.

In November 2015, 20 people died after gunmen took guests and staff hostage at the Radisson Blu hotel in the capital.

The U.S. Embassy in Bamako warned American citizens that there was an increased threat of attack against locations in Bamako frequented by Westerners earlier in June.

The latest alliance to form is Jama'at Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimin (Group for the Support of Islam and Muslims or al-Qaeda in Mali), which incorporates al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, al-Mourabitoun, Ansar Dine and the Macina Liberation Front.

But the militants have continued targeting Malian forces and peacekeepers, making it the deadliest United Nations mission in the world.

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