Mali tourist resort under attack from gunmen

Mali attack

Mali attack

Security has gradually worsened across 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.

The spokesman said the attack was ongoing at Le Campement resort in Dougourakoro, to the east of the capital Bamako.

Two people have been killed after gunmen attacked a luxury tourist resort popular with Westerners.

Several people rescued at Kangaba said assailants had shouted "Allahu Akbar" (God is Greatest), although no group has yet claimed responsibility.

In March the same year, a grenade and gun attack on La Terrasse nightclub in Bamako killed five people, including foreigners.

Sunday's 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".

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Al-Qaeda's North African arm, Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), said it was behind that siege.

The grounds include a hotel, bars, restaurant, spa and swimming pools.

This is a developing story and will continue to be updated.

The UN official said those at the resort when the attack began included people affiliated with the French military mission as well as the UN and European Union missions in the country. United Nations -led troops are assisting the Malian government in its struggle against rebels that include a Tuareg movement and several Islamic armed groups.

A tourist resort near the capital of Mali is under attack by gunmen, according to multiple media reports. It has been targeted constantly by jihadists, with dozens of peacekeepers killed.

France also has 4,000 soldiers in its Bakhane force in five countries - Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Chad and Burkina Faso - all of which are threatened by the jihadist threat across their porous borders.

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