Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Terror attack under way at resort popular with westerners in Mali

Terror attack under way at resort popular with westerners in Mali

Mali's security minister says security forces have killed at least four extremists after an attack Sunday that left two people dead at a spot popular with foreigners.

One of the dead was a woman with dual Malian and French citizenship, the security ministry said on Facebook. "Malian forces are responding" to the attack at Le Campement Kangaba, the agency tweeted, warning USA citizens to avoid the area.

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.

A Swede stationed in Mali has been found after going missing following an attack on a luxury resort near Bamako the Armed Forces have confirmed.

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Fire seen by the swimming pool of the Campement Kangaba resort.

According to the Malian security ministry statement, one of the armed attackers was able to flee.

This is published unedited from the ANI feed.

It is thought jihadist gunmen stormed the Le Campement Hotel in Dougourakoro, which is popular with foreign tourists. According to local authorities, two people were killed, 36 hostages were released.

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The violence came about a week after the U.S. State Department warned of "possible future attacks on Western diplomatic missions, other locations in Bamako that Westerners frequent".

Earlier this month, the US Embassy in Bamako issued a travel warning on its website, saying there was an increased security threat to Westerners.

Security has gradually worsened across Mali since French forces pushed back Islamist and Tuareg rebel fighters in 2013 from swathes of the north they had occupied the previous year.

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.

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

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