World 2 Dead As Suspected Jihadists Attack Mali Tourist Resort

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 19, 2017

Two people have been killed in an attack on a resort outside Mali's capital, a security ministry spokesman says.

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

It was one of a series of shootings and bombings to sweep the country as part of an ongoing insurgency by Islamist militants in the north, which has worsened in recent months. That attack left 20 dead - six Malians and 14 foreigners.

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

Le Campement Kangaba resort in Dougourakoro, east of the capital, Bamako, is the site under attack, according to officials.

The latest alliance to form is Jama'at Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimin (Group for the Support of Islam and Muslims or al-Qaeda in Mali), which incorporates al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, al-Mourabitoun, Ansar Dine and the Macina Liberation Front.

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

The grounds include a hotel, bars, restaurant, spa and swimming pools.

There were no details of casualties but the attack was continuing on Sunday evening (Monday morning NZ time).

In 2012 Mali's north fell under the control of jihadist groups linked to Al-Qaeda who hijacked an ethnic Tuareg-led rebel uprising, though the Islamists were largely ousted by a French-led military operation in January 2013. AQIM claimed the assault, saying the gunmen were from the Al-Murabitoun group of Algerian extremist Mokhtar Belmokhtar.

"There were four national police vehicles and French soldiers in armoured vehicles on the scene".

The ministry said another two people had been injured, including a civilian.

It has been targeted constantly by jihadists, with dozens of peacekeepers killed, including five on Saturday.

Another militant group led by the Malian jihadist Iyad Ag Ghaly, a former leader of the Ansar Dine Islamists, has also claimed multiple attacks on domestic and foreign forces since its formation - particularly against the 12,000-member United Nations force known as MINUSMA.

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