Brutal attack on a resort in Mali

UN mission official: Terror attack underway at resort area in Mali's capital

UN mission official: Terror attack underway at resort area in Mali's capital

Gunmen near Mali's capital city of Bamako attacked a luxury resort popular with Westerners on Sunday, leaving at least two dead and taking hostages in an ongoing assault, officials said.

Earlier security ministry spokesman Baba Cisse said two people had been killed. 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.

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 Monday, Traore said.

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

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A tourist resort in Mali popular with top officials and foreigners is under attack, according to witnesses and journalists.

This is published unedited from the ANI feed.

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

But in a sign of Mali's quotidian instability, one soldier was killed and another three wounded on Monday morning in the northern town of Bamba, in what the armed forces said was yet another "terrorist attack". The identity of the other person killed was not immediately known.

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The US embassy in Mali one week ago issued an alert about heightened dangers for foreigners at popular spots in Bamako. "Avoid vulnerable locations with poor security measures in place, including hotels, restaurants and churches", the warning said.

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 been battling to stabilise Mali, a former French colony, ever since France intervened in 2013 to push back jihadists and allied Tuareg rebels who had taken over the country's desert north a year earlier.

A 2015 file photo shows the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako.

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