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Terror gunmen take hostages at Mali resort

18 June 2017 world-news

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.

Two people have died in the attack, AFP reported.

Residents living near the resort said shots were fired while smoke could be seen in the air.

Image: Le Campement Kangaba is in Dougourakoro, to the east of the capital Bamako

Security ministry spokesman Baba Cisse said: “Security forces are in place. Campement Kangaba is blocked off and an operation is under way.”

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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