US News Suspected jihadists attack tourist resort in Mali capital

22:20  18 june  2017
22:20  18 june  2017 Source:   AFP

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Bamako, Jun 18 (AFP) Suspected jihadists stormed a tourist resort popular with Westerners outside the Malian capital Bamako today, the country's security ministry said.

In a rare attack in Mali ’s south, suspected jihadist gunmen have attacked a Malian police base near the West African country of Ivory Coast. The jihadist group also took responsibility for an attempted assassination on a Malian general in the capital in January.

Jihadists have mounted numerous attacks on civilians and the army in Mali, as well as on French and UN forces still stationed there © Provided by AFP Jihadists have mounted numerous attacks on civilians and the army in Mali, as well as on French and UN forces still stationed there

Suspected jihadists stormed a tourist resort popular with Westerners outside the Malian capital Bamako on Sunday, the country's security ministry said.

Security forces were battling the attackers at the Kangaba resort after the assault, with nearby residents reporting hearing shots while smoke billowed into the air, with at least one building ablaze.

"There is an attack by presumed jihadists on the Kangaba camp," a security ministry official said, requesting anonymity.

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A luxury tourist resort popular with Westerners is under attack by gunmen near Mali 's capital Bamako. A UN official said suspected jihadists took hostages at Le Campement Kangaba in Dougourakoro, adding there were casualties reported.

The government said " suspected jihadists " were behind the attack . A TOURIST resort popular with Westerners in the Malian capital was under attack on Sunday, it’s reported. In 2012 Mali ’s north fell under the control of jihadist groups linked to Al-Qaeda who hijacked an ethnic Tuareg-led rebel

The official confirmed that Malian special forces, backed up by French and UN soldiers, "have sealed off the area and are in the process of organising operations" against the attackers.

There was no information immediately available on any casualties in the attack, which comes after a similar strike less than two years ago on a luxury hotel in Bamako.

Malian troops and soldiers from France's Bakhane regional counter-terrorist force were surrounding the site, a resort boasting accommodation in hut-style rooms, as well as restaurants and swimming pools.

The landlocked west African country has been battling a jihadist insurgency for several years, with Islamist fighters roaming the north and centre of Mali.

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.

Two dead as gunmen take hostages at Mali resort

  Two dead as gunmen take hostages at Mali resort Two people have been killed after gunmen attacked a luxury tourist resort popular with Westerners. Shots could be heard after the suspected jihadists took hostages at Le Campement Kangaba in Dougourakoro, near Mali's capital Bamako.Security minister Salif Traore said 20 hostages were freed after an operation by special forces, which have surrounded the resort.One of those killed was a French-Gabonese citizen, he added.Witness Boubacar Sangare, who was just outside the compound, said: "Westerners were fleeing the encampment while two plainclothes police exchanged fire with the assailants.

[See LWJ report, Suspected jihadists attack Malian base near Ivory Coast.] Additionally, the jihadist group al Murabitoon has undertaken several attacks in Mali ’s capital of Bamako.

Islamist militants attacked a hotel in the capital Bamako on Nov. Some analysts say the spike in jihadist attacks is designed to disrupt the implementation of a peace deal signed between various northern armed groups and Mali 's government in June.

That attack was claimed by Al-Qaeda's North African affiliate Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).

In March the same year, a grenade and gun attack on La Terrasse nightclub in Bamako killed five people, including foreigners.

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A state of emergency has been renewed several times since the Radisson Blu attack, most recently in April when it was extended for six months, but attacks are continuing.

An attack is under way at a resort on the edge of the Malian capital Bamako © Provided by AFP An attack is under way at a resort on the edge of the Malian capital Bamako

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.

But the jihadists have continued to mount numerous attacks on civilians and the army, as well as on French and UN forces still stationed there.

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  Two Irish soldiers caught up in Mali terror attack which killed four Jihadi gunmen stormed the hotel and shot guestsThe troops were in the Le Campement Hotel in Dougourakoro when gunmen opened fire on guests, killing four people.

The jihadist group also took responsibility for an attempted assassination on a Malian general in the capital in January. [See LWJ report, Suspected jihadists attack Malian base near Ivory Coast.] Al Qaeda continues to operate in Mali despite a French-led counterterrorism mission in the region.

© Sia-Kambou, AFP |Nineteen people were killed in the jihadist attack on an Ivory Coast beach resort on March 13, 2016. One source said Alou Doumbia was arrested on Saturday in the Malian capital of Bamako and suspected of driving the gunmen from Mali to Ivory Coast.

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

In January 2016, 30 people were killed, including many foreigners, in an attack on a top Burkina Faso hotel and a nearby restaurant in the capital Ouagadougou. AQIM claimed the assault, saying the gunmen were from the Al-Murabitoun group of Algerian extremist Mokhtar Belmokhtar.

In March 2016, at least 14 civilians and two special forces troops were killed when gunmen stormed the Ivorian beach resort of Grand-Bassam, which was also claimed by AQIM.

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

It has been targeted constantly by jihadists, with dozens of peacekeepers killed.

France also has 4,000 soldiers in its Bakhane force in five countries -- Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Chad and Burkina Faso -- all of which are threatened by the jihadist threat across their porous borders.

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