Terror Attack in Mali's Resort Area: Casualties, Hostages Reported

Extremists killed after deadly Mali tourist resort attack

Two people are dead after a luxury resort outside Mali's capital Bamako came under attack by gunmen on Sunday.

Traore said the militants had some accomplices who had not been killed or detained.

32 guests have reportedly been rescued so far. Most of the tourists at the resort were foreigners.

Jihadis attacked the hotel resort on Sunday afternoon, yelling "Allah Akbar" and taking hostages.

The military says in a statement the attack occurred Sunday at the Hotel Le Campement Kangaba, in the outskirts of Bamako, the West African country's capital.

"Security forces are in place".

Gunfire first rang out at the Campement Kangaba on the outskirts of Bamako in the late afternoon, according to a security official with the United Nations mission known as MINUSMA.

"It is a jihadist attack".

Forces pursued and killed the fourth attacker, who had initially escaped, said Salif Traore.

Special forces and soldiers were at the scene to assess the impact of the attack, police spokesman Kali Diakite said by phone. "Some terrorists were neutralized", a spokesperson for the Ministry said.

At least 14 people, both Malians and foreigners, were injured, according to the ministry.

A witness interviewed on local television ORTM said he saw a man arrive on a motorcycle who "started shooting" followed by "two or three people" who came in another vehicle.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. A week ago the U.S. Department of Foreign Affairs warned of possible attacks on Western diplomatic missions or other locations visited by westerners in Bamako. There also were believed to be hostages inside the luxury resort area. That attack was claimed by Al-Qaeda's North African affiliate Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).

Dougourakoro is located about an hour east of Mali's capital, Bamako.

The US embassy had recently issued a warning earlier this month about a suspected terror attack on westerners.

Religious extremism in Mali once was limited to northern areas, prompting the French military in 2013 to lead a military operation to oust jihadists from power in the major towns in the north.

French President Emmanuel Macron spoke to the leader of Mali after the attack and pledged France's full support for the country, Macron's office said on Monday.



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