At least two people have been killed in an attack by gunmen on a luxury tourist resort in Mali.
Security forces aided by UN soldiers were called to the scene eventually rescuing 36 guests.
One of the dead is said to have been a Gabonese citizen.
Gunman stormed Le Campement Kangaba to the east of the capital Bamako. It’s a resort popular with westerners. According to Mali’s Security Minister Salif Traore, one of the assailants was able to escape after being injured. The incident is being treated as a terror attack.
“At first we thought that they were armed bandits, but we know the methods used by armed bandits, and they don’t hold their ground, so we are now thinking that this is a terrorist attack and that’s why the anti-terrorism prosecutor is already at the scene with his staff.”
Jihadists are suspected in a fatal assault on a luxury resort in Mali’s capital https://t.co/vowLl5zt6C— Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) June 18, 2017
Earlier this month the US embassy in Bamako warned of possible attacks on Western targets. Mali has been fighting a jihadist insurgency for several years. In November 2015 at least 20 people were killed when gunmen took hostages at a hotel in the capital.