At least 2 have been killed so far in an ISIS attack on a Malian resort that is popular with Western tourists. Media is reporting that the militants took hostages.
Local residents near Le Campement Kangaba, to the eastern edge of the Malian capital Bamako reported gunshots to the authorities, which they head in the very early hours of the morning. Smoke can also be seen billowing from the resort.
Malian troops along with a counter-terrorism unit entered the premesis and engaged in a gun fight with the militants. All dangers have now been removed. At least one building was set ablaze during the fire fight.
The Daily Mail reports:
t least two people have been killed after an African holiday resort popular with Western tourists was stormed by gunmen shouting ‘Allahu Akhbar.’
Shots were heard by local residents near Le Campement Kangaba, to the eastern edge of the Malian capital Bamako, with plumes of smoke also seen billowing into the air.
Malian troops and soldiers from France’s Bakhane regional counter-terrorist force were surrounding the site, a resort boasting accommodation in hut-style rooms, as well as restaurants and swimming pools.
Security forces battled the gunmen at the site, with nearby residents reporting hearing shots while smoke billowed into the air, with at least one building ablaze.
Officials have said it is believed that the attack was carried out by jihadists, and that at least two people had been killed.
‘Security forces are in place. Campement Kangaba is blocked off and an operation is under way,’ Security Ministry spokesman Baba Cisse said.
‘The situation is under control.’
Residents spoke of the terrifying scenes as the usually idyllic sight turned to carnage.
One, Modibo Diarra, said: ‘I heard gunfire coming from the camp and I saw people running out of the tourist site.
‘I learned that it was a terrorist attack.’
Malian soldiers succeeded in entering the site, according to Commandant Modibo Traore, according to a spokesman for the Malian special forces.
‘The operation is ongoing and we estimate that there are between three and four assailants,’ he said.
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.
French troops and a 10,000-strong U.N. peacekeeping force have battled to stabilise the former French colony and strikes on Malian and Western targets have spread further south and far beyond traditional militant strongholds.