Defence Forces members at hotel during terror attack in Mali
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 21:29
Security forces in Mali have killed at least four extremists after an attack that left two people dead at a spot popular with foreigners, the security minister said.
The French Foreign Ministry would not say whether any French citizens were hurt or otherwise involved in the attack in the West African country.
In March the same year, a grenade and gun attack on La Terrasse nightclub in Bamako killed five people, including foreigners.
Eight people were injured, including six members of the security forces and two civilians, while 36 people were rescued unhurt, Traore said earlier.
"A Malian solider was killed and four civilians: one Franco-Malian, one Franco-Gabonese, one Chinese and one Portuguese", said Mali's security minister, Salif Traore.
Mali's special forces arrived at the scene not long after the reports of gunfire erupting from Campement Kangaba, known for its three swimming pools and serene surroundings as an escape from the bustling capital's heat and traffic.
A Defence Forces spokesman said: "All members of the Defence Forces have been located following a terrorist attack at Le Campement Hotel in Dougourakoro, Mali".
The Defense Ministry, meanwhile, said the army had repelled an attack against a military post in Bamba in the north on Monday.
He confirmed that Malian special forces, backed up by French and United Nations soldiers, "have sealed off the area and are in the process of organising operations" against the attackers.
Sunday's violence also came about a week after the U.S. State Department warned of possible attacks on Western diplomatic missions and other locations in Bamako that Westerners frequent.
Back in January, the Kangaba's owner, Herve Depardieu, had complained about the "alarming security information" issued by foreign consulates, telling a France-Africa summit in Bamako.
The country's security has gradually worsened since 2013, when French forces repelled allied Islamist and Tuareg rebel fighters from parts of the north.
"It is a jihadist attack".
The landlocked west African country has been in the throes of a violent jihadist insurgency for several years, with several attacks being reported from the north and west of the country. The resort was still cordoned off by late morning on Monday as a Malian anti-terrorist squad combed the area for the missing person, a Reuters witness said.
The unrest has continued despite a 2015 peace deal between the government and Tuareg-led rebels that aimed to tackle some of the grievances held by separatists in the north.