Mali official says at least 2 dead in attack

Tourist resort in Malian capital 'under attack'

Gunmen attacked the Campement Kangaba luxury resort in Dougourakoro, near the capital, Bamako, on Sunday afternoon, though the security operation is still under way, according to the Malian Security Ministry.

The ministry said late Sunday that one of the victims was a dual French-Gabonese citizen. A Malian military spokesman had said there were believed to be several people inside the Campement Kangaba near Bamako.

"I heard gunfire coming from the camp and I saw people running out of the site", Modibo Diarra, a nearby resident, told the Associated Press.

"Security forces are in place. Campement Kangaba is blocked off and an operation is under way", Cisse said by telephone earlier.

This is published unedited from the ANI feed.

That attack was jointly claimed by both the regional al-Qaida affiliate and a group known as Al Mourabitoun, which was founded by Moktar Belmoktar after he fell out with al-Qaida leaders. "The situation is under control".

He said there are no French troops based in Bamako, but about 2,000 French troops based in northern Mali fighting Islamic extremists. Two others had been wounded, one civilian and a policeman, he said. He also said that apart from two killed people another seven were injured, while the total number of rescued hostages amounted to 36.

Le Campement is on the outskirts of the capital, about 30 minutes from downtown Bamako.

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

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.

Among the places described in the US Embassy's warning as places to avoid were "Western diplomatic missions, places of worship, and other locations in Bamako where Westerners frequent", according to the statement on the Embassy's website.

Mali was once a staging area for al-Qaeda's North African activities, led by Mokhtar Belmokhtar.

It was not immediately known how many guests were at the resort.

Newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron visits with Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita in May. In March 2015, five people died when militants hit a popular restaurant in the capital.

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