Malian Forces Respond To 'Ongoing Attack' At Popular Tourist Resort

Cheryl Sanders
Июня 19, 2017

The attack occurred at Le Campement Kangaba and the situation is under control, army spokesman Diarran Kone said by phone.

Four people were killed and eight others wounded in a terrorist attack targeting a luxury resort frequented by foreigners in southern Mali, near the capital, officials said on Monday.

"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".

At least two tourists were killed and 32 others were rescued in the attack.

"Security forces are in place", said Baba Cisse, security ministry spokesperson, in an interview with Reuters.

The released hostages, many of them still in their swimsuit, told reporters that the assailants shouted "Allahu Akbar", meaning "God is great" in Arabic, before they started firing at them.

All members of the Defence Forces have been located following a terrorist attack at Le Campement Hotel in Dougourakoro, Mali.

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The attack also comes a couple of weeks before French President Emmanuel Macron is scheduled to visit the country.

"It's year five since Mali first erupted as a jihadist arena", said Kamran Bokhari, a senior fellow with the Center for Global Policy and analyst with Geopolitical Futures.

A French military operation in January 2013 ousted the Islamist rebels but jihadists continue to mount frequent attacks on civilians and the Malian army, as well as on French and United Nations forces present in the country. There also were believed to be hostages in the luxury Campement de Kangaba resort area, the AP reported. Some 20 people were killed in that attack, including 14 foreigners.

A state of emergency has been renewed several times since the Radisson Blu attack, most recently in April when it was extended for six months, but attacks are continuing.

In March 2015, five people were killed, including two Westerners, in a restaurant attack in Bamako.

The attack was later claimed by al-Mourabitoune, a militant group affiliated to Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).

France is pressing the UN Security Council to quickly adopt a resolution to fund and support a new African anti-jihadist force in the Sahel, comprising troops from Mali, Niger, Chad, Mauritania and Burkina Faso.

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