Mali attack: Gunmen kill five at tourist resort

Five people were killed when gunmen stormed a tourist resort in Mali on Sunday, officials say.

The EU said a Portuguese soldier and a Malian woman who worked for the bloc’s mission in Mali were among the dead.

A Malian soldier and two other civilians, one Chinese and the other Gabonese, were also killed.

An al-Qaeda-linked group said it carried out the attack near the capital Bamako. Mali has been fighting a jihadist insurgency for years.

Islamist fighters are roaming the West African country’s north and centre.

“It is a jihadist attack. Malian special forces intervened and hostages have been released,” Mali Security Minister Salif Traore told AFP news agency after Sunday’s attack.

Four assailants were killed by security forces and four others were arrested, he said.

“We have recovered the bodies of two attackers who were killed,” he said, adding that they were searching for the bodies of two others.

One of them left behind a machine gun and bottles filled with “explosive substances”, he said.

The ministry said another two people had been injured.

 

BBC

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