Brutal attack on a resort in Mali

Frederick Owens
June 24, 2017

Police with four people rescued from the Le Campement Kangaba resort following an attack where gunmen stormed the resort in Dougourakoro, to the east of the capital Bamako, Mali.

"One Portuguese national, part of the EU training mission in Bamako. and a colleague from Mali working for the European Commission delegation", Mogherini said in Brussels.

Traore said the victims were a Portuguese, a Franco-Malian, a Chinese and a Franco-Gabonese civilian as well as a Malian soldier.

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

Residents living close to the Kangaba resort had first reported the attack after hearing shots while smoke billowed into the air, with at least one building ablaze, and special forces remained on the scene today, Traore said.

"Security forces are in place".

His ministry's statement added that authorities had killed four attackers and arrested five others.

"France condemns with utmost firmness this murderous attack", the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

In recent years, the jihadists have become even more brazen, attacking sites frequented by Westerners.

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Initially the country's security minister said one of the wounded attackers had managed to escape but on Monday officials said they had accounted for all the jihadists.

That attack was claimed by the Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) together with an Algerian jihadist group.

In November 2015, terrorists attacked a different hotel in Bamako, taking 100 people hostage and eventually leaving 20 dead.

It was not immediately known how many guests were there at the time of the attack.

Sunday's violence came about a week after the U.S. State Department warned of possible attacks on Western diplomatic missions and other locations in Bamako that Westerners frequent.

The landlocked west African country has been fighting a jihadist insurgency for several years, with Islamist fighters roaming the north and centre of Mali.

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

It has been targeted constantly by armed fighters, with dozens of peacekeepers killed, including five on Saturday.

Despite the presence of the 12,000-strong United Nations peacekeeping mission and French troops serving in a separate counter-terrorism force operating across the Sahel region, instability is growing.

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