Suspected jihadists in Mali’s capital attacked a resort popular with foreigners Sunday and are believed to have taken hostages, a security official said.
The official with the United Nations mission known as MINUSMA said people had been killed and wounded but gave no immediate toll from the attack in Bamako.
Authorities also believed the jihadists were holding hostages in the area of the luxury Campement de Kangaba resort.
Officials from the French military mission in Mali, the European Union and the UN were at the resort this weekend, the security official added.
The violence came about a week after the U.S. State Department warned of “possible future attacks on Western diplomatic missions, other locations in Bamako that Westerners frequent.”
Mali has been the site of ongoing conflicts with insurgent groups since 2012. One Islamist group, Ansar Dine, has been linked to Al Qaeda.
With News Wire Services