Jihadists attack resort in Mali's capital, killing 2

One of the dead was a woman with dual Malian and French citizenship, the security ministry said on Facebook.

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

The statement Monday said the hotel was an approved rest and recreation location for soldiers on duty with the European Union mission. It was not immediately clear what was burning, although jihadists in other attacks have set cars ablaze.

The Kangaba, located on the eastern edge of Bamako, boasts accommodation in hut-style rooms, as well as restaurants and swimming pools, according to its website.

Initially the country's security minister said one of the wounded attackers had managed to escape but on Monday officials said they had accounted for all the jihadists.

"These are hard and dramatic hours which testify to how European and Africans are brothers and sisters in both the fight against terrorism and in the solidarity of our response to it", she said. "The situation is under control", Mr Traore said. Three others subsequently arrived in a vehicle and began firing their weapons.

According to the Malian security ministry statement, one of the armed attackers was able to flee. Two jihadists also died in the attack.

There was no claim of responsibility for the attack, which came amid the final week of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Yesterday's attack is the latest in a series of high-profile assaults in north and west Africa targeting locals and tourists, including in neighbouring Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast.

"The US Embassy informs US citizens of a possible increased threat of attacks against Western diplomatic missions, places of worship, and other locations in Bamako where Westerners frequent".

An 800-man United Nations mission is now active in the country, enforcing a peace deal between the government and the rebels.

He said there are no French troops based in Bamako, but about 2,000 French troops based in northern Mali fighting Islamic extremists.

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.

In November 2015, gunmen took guests and staff hostage at the luxury Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako in a siege that left at least 20 people dead, including 14 foreigners.

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

  • Leroy Wright