Security Forces Respond To 'Ongoing Attack' At Luxury Resort In Mali

Security Forces Respond To 'Ongoing Attack' At Luxury Resort In Mali

Security Forces Respond To 'Ongoing Attack' At Luxury Resort In Mali

The European Union training mission in Mali said it was aware of the attack, adding it was supporting Malian Security Forces and assessing the situation.

A security ministry official said government troops "have sealed off the area and are in the process of organising operations" against the attackers.

An official from the security ministry confirmed earlier that Malian special forces, backed up by United Nations soldiers and troops from a French counter-terrorism force "have sealed off the area and are in the process of organising operations" against the attackers.

Malian troops and forces from France's Bakhane counter-terrorist force are battling the militants.

Nearby residents reported hearing shots fired at Le Campement resort in Dougourakoro, to the east of the capital.

"There was an exchange of gunfire with special anti-terrorist forces (FORSAT) who arrived only a few minutes after the attack began", Mali's ministry of security said in a statement. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to reporters.

"All the camp's military material was ransacked", according to an unnamed local official.

Initially concentrated in the desert north, attacks have increasingly struck the centre and south, around the capital Bamako. Some 20 people were killed in that attack, including 14 foreigners.

Earlier this month, the U.S. Embassy in Mali warned Americans of "a possible increased threat of attacks against Western diplomatic missions, places of worship, and other locations in Bamako where Westerners frequent".

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and another militant group claimed responsibility an attack on a hotel in Mali's capital in late 2015 in which 20 people were killed.

That attack was jointly claimed by both the regional al-Qaida affiliate and a group known as Al Mourabitoun, which was founded by Moktar Belmoktar after he fell out with al-Qaida leaders.

Several of those rescued said the assailants shouted Allahu Akbar during the attack.

A state of emergency has been renewed several times since the Radisson Blu attack, most recently in April when it was extended for six months.

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