Armed Forces: Swede missing after attack in Mali

Frederick Owens
June 19, 2017

Suspected jihadists launched an attack Sunday on a hotel resort in Mali's capital, taking hostages at a spot popular with foreigners on the weekends.

Baba Cisse, a spokesman for Mali's security ministry, confirmed that one of those killed was a "French-Gabonese citizen". The military said in a statement the attack occurred Sunday at the Le Campement Kangaba, in the outskirts of Bamako, the West African country's capital.

The nearby residents reported hearing shots fired.

According to RT, the French and Malian security forces have eliminated four militants.

As night fell, witnesses saw smoke rising from the Campement Kangaba, which features three swimming pools and is a popular escape from the Malian heat.

"This was without doubt a terrorist attack", Security Minister Salif Traore told Radio France International.

This is published unedited from the ANI feed.

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Mahamat Saleh Annadif, who heads the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali, recently warned that "terrorists" are gaining strength and extending their reach in the region, notably in central Mali.

The EU Training Mission in Mali tweeted a statement that it was aware of the attack and was assessing the situation.

"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". According to local authorities, two people were killed, 36 hostages were released.

"Avoid vulnerable locations with poor security measures in place, including hotels, restaurants, and churches", the Embassy said.

So far, in the confused circumstances surrounding the attack, the number of victims is not known and neither is the precise number of attackers.

Traore said the militants had some accomplices who had not been killed or detained.

Mali, a former French colony, has been battling Islamist extremists for several years. 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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