Tourist resort in Mali’s capital attacked by suspected jihadists

An armoured vehicle drives toward Le Campement Kangaba resort following an attack where gunmen stormed the resort in Dougourakoro, to the east of the capital Bamako, Mali in this still frame taken from video June 18, 2017. 

An armoured vehicle drives toward Le Campement Kangaba resort following an attack where gunmen stormed the resort in Dougourakoro, to the east of the capital Bamako, Mali in this still frame taken from video June 18, 2017. 

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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.

Suspected jihadists are behind an attack on a tourist resort popular with Westerners on the edge of the Malian capital Bamako.

Suspected jihadists are behind an attack on a tourist resort popular with Westerners on the edge of the Malian capital Bamako.

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Officials from the French military mission in Mali, the European Union and the UN were at the resort this weekend, the security official added.

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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

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