Al-Qaeda Coalition Claims Mali Hotel Attack That Killed Five
Al-Qaeda Coalition Claims Mali Hotel Attack That Killed Five
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Flames rise following an attack where gunmen stormed Le Campement Kangaba resort in Dougourakoro
20 Junio, 2017, 11:36
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said the Malian victim worked for the European delegation in Bamako.
A total of five people, excluding the attackers, were killed in the attack.
Malian security forces escort to safety hostages outside the Kangaba Le Campement in the outskirt of Bamako, Mali, on June 19, a day after suspected jihadis stormed the resort. A Malian soldier and another Malian national who worked for the European Union mission were also among the victims, along with a dual French-Gabonese citizen whose name has not been released.
Mahamadou Doumbia said a militant on a motorcycle entered the area around 3:40 p.m. and cried "Allah Akbar" before jumping off and running toward the pool area. Three others subsequently arrived in a vehicle and began firing their weapons.
Security forces also freed 60 guests, including 13 French citizens and several children, in two groups on Sunday night. It was not immediately clear how the attackers managed to overpower the security staff and shoot at guests.
A United Nations official who spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to speak to journalists said those at the resort when the attack began included people affiliated with the French military mission, as well as the United Nations and European Union missions in the country. A coalition of Al-Qaeda linked groups have claimed responsibility for the attack.
Earlier this month, the United States warned its citizens about a possible increased threat of attacks against places popular with Westerners.
Religious extremism in Mali once was limited to northern areas, prompting the French military in 2013 to lead a military operation to oust jihadis from power in the major towns in the north.
There are no French troops based in Bamako, but about 2,000 French troops are based in northern Mali fighting Islamic extremists.
French President Emmanuel Macron was informed about the attack and was following the events carefully, according to an official in his office.
In recent years, the extremists have become more brazen, attacking sites frequented by Westerners in the capital, Bamako. In March 2015, five people died when militants hit a popular restaurant in the capital.
That attack was jointly claimed by both the regional al-Qaeda affiliate and a group known as Al Mourabitoun, which was founded by extremist Moktar Belmoktar after he fell out with al-Qaeda leaders.
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