Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Total of 6 Militants Attacked Mali Tourist Resort, 2 of Gunmen Killed

"Avoid vulnerable locations with poor security measures in place, including hotels, restaurants, and churches", the warning said.

Mali's security minister says at least two people are dead after suspected jihadists attacked a popular resort on the outskirts of the capital.

"Sunday's violence came about a week after the State Department warned USA citizens of "possible future attacks" on locations in Bamako that Westerners frequent".

Gunfire could be heard and smoke could be seen rising from Le Campement Kangaba in Dougourakoro, a luxury resort popular with Western tourists on the weekends, according to Diakate Benson, a spokesman for the Malian President of the National Assembly.

Macron reconfirmed his country's commitment to the former French colony, giving reassurance that his government would remain "uncompromising" in the fight against terrorism and jihadi extremists around Bamako and all throughout Mali.

According to recent reports, Malian soldiers and France's counter-terrorist force are in the area.

Two attackers were killed, but it was unclear then whether security forces killed them or whether they blew themselves up, mission spokesman Olivier Salgado said at the time. He also said that apart from two killed people another seven were injured, while the total number of rescued hostages amounted to 36.

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.

In November 2015, 20 people died after gunmen took guests and staff hostage at the Radisson Blu hotel in the capital. The country has been in a state of emergency since the Radisson Blu attack, which was recently extended for an additional six months in April, the BBC reported.

Al-Qaeda linked jihadi factions hold large swathes of desert in northern Mali, after hijacking an uprising by ethnic Tuareg rebels who launched an advance in 2012, bolstered by the free flow of militants and weapons from the Libyan civil war.

But jihadists have mounted numerous attacks on civilians and the army, as well as on French and United Nations forces still stationed there.

Sunday's attack is the latest in a series of high-profile assaults in north and west Africa, targeting locals and tourists.

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

The UN has a 12,000-strong force known as MINUSMA in Mali, which began operations in 2013.

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