Jihadists in Mali’s capital attacked a hotel resort popular with foreigners Sunday, taking hostages and killing at least two people, officials said.
About 30 people managed to escape the assault, which continued into the evening, according to authorities.
Gunfire first rang out at the Campement Kangaba on the outskirts of Bamako in the late afternoon, according to a security official with the U.N. mission known as MINUSMA.
“I heard gunfire coming from the camp and I saw people running out of the site,” said Modibo Diarra, who lives nearby. “I learned that it was a terrorist attack.”
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Authorities believed the jihadists were holding hostages.
Commandant Modibo Traore, a spokesman for the Malian special forces in the former French colony, estimated there were three or four attackers.
Officials from the French military mission, the European Union and the U.N. were said to be at the resort this weekend.
The violence came about a week after the U.S. State Department warned of “possible future attacks on Western diplomatic missions, other locations in Bamako that Westerners frequent.”
Religious extremism in Mali once was limited to northern areas, where an Al Qaeda affiliate is active. Jihadists have spread violence farther south, including an attack on the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako in Nov. 2015 that left six Malians and 14 foreigners dead.
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