At least two people are dead after an attack at a popular tourist resort near Mali’s capital city, Bamako, by suspected jihadi terrorists Sunday. Local residents reported hearing shots fired as smoke rose above the resort. One of the two deceased was identified as a French national by a spokesperson for Mali’s security ministry. The nationality of the other person killed is not known at the time of this writing.
“Security forces are in place” said Baba Cisse, spokesperson for the security ministry. “Campement Kangaba is blocked off and an operation is under way. The situation is under control.”
Malian troops and soldiers from the French counter-terrorism force Barkhane responded to the situation at Le Campement in Dougourakoro, just southeast of Bamako. Hostages were taken by the attackers, though at least 32 of the hostages have been released so far.