US News Two dead as gunmen take hostages at Mali resort

00:25  19 june  2017
00:25  19 june  2017 Source:   Sky News

Suspected jihadists attack tourist resort in Mali capital

  Suspected jihadists attack tourist resort in Mali capital 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.

At least two dozen people are reportedly dead after armed gunmen stormed a hotel in Mali taking 170 people hostage Friday morning. Malian soldiers are reportedly on the scene. According to Reuters, al-Qaida has taken responsibility for the attacks.Yahoo News reports it was a northern Mali

Two Canadians were released safely after gunmen took 170 people hostage at Mali hotel on Friday morning; 27 dead .

Smoke was seen above the resort © Other Smoke was seen above the 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.

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Two gunmen had been killed, the sources said. A Belgian local government worker was confirmed dead by his employer. Mali is a former French colony in West Africa. The shooting at the Radisson follows a nearly 24-hour siege and hostage - taking at another hotel in August in the central Malian

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

Le Campement Kangaba is in Dougourakoro, to the east of the capital Bamako © Other Le Campement Kangaba is in Dougourakoro, to the east of the capital Bamako The European Union training mission in Mali said it was aware of the attack, adding it was "supporting Malian Security Forces and assessing the situation".

Last week, the US Embassy in Bamako warned of an increased threat of attacks in Bamako.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises against all but essential travel to the city as "terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks, including kidnaps".

Mali has been fighting a jihadist insurgency for several years, with Islamist fighters active in the country's northern and central regions.

In November 2015, at least 20 people died in a siege at the luxury Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako.

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

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