Mali attack: ‘Suspected jihadists’ storm tourist resort in Mali
A tourist resort popular with Westerners in Mali is under attack, according to the country’s security services.
The attack is unfolding at Le Campement resort in Dougourakoro, east of the capital of Bamako. There is no information available as to whether there are any casualties. Malian troops have arrived at the scene along with France’s Bakhane counter-terrorist unit.
Residents nearby said they heard shots being fired, and smoke could be seen rising from the resort, AFP reported.
“Security forces are in place. Campement Kangaba is blocked off and an operation is under way,” security ministry spokesman Baba Cisse said by telephone.
“The situation is under control.”
Security has gradually worsened in Mali since French forces pushed back allied Islamist and Tuareg rebel fighters in 2013 from swathes of the north they had occupied the previous year. It is not the first suspected terror attack to hit Mali. At least 20 people were killed in 2015 when gunmen stormed the Radisson Blu in Bamako, taking hostages. Al-Qaeda’s North African wing claimed responsibility for that attack. Auto update
Gunshots started at 4.30pm
Mohamed Salaha, a journalist based in Mali, said the first shots were heard around 4:30pm local time (5:30pm UK).
“A lot of black smoke coming from the Kangaba area,” he tweeted at 6pm local time.
“Helicopters overhead. The operation continues.”
‘Suspected jihadists’ behind attack
The government of Mali says that “suspected jihadists” are carrying out the attack.