Five militants involved in Mali hotel attack killed
The security minister of Mali on Monday confirmed the killing of five militants involved in an attack at the weekend on a luxury resort popular with Western expatriates outside Mali’s capital Bamako.
The militants were killed by Malian security forces.
Security Minister Salif Traore told Radio France International that “This was without doubt a terrorist attack. The anti-terrorist forces arrived on the scene immediately afterwards. Five terrorists were killed … The operations continued throughout the night.”
Gunmen on Sunday attacked a luxury resort popular with Western expatriates just outside Mali’s capital, Bamako, killing two people in what the security minister called a terrorist attack, while 36 guests were rescued.
Four gunmen arriving on motorbikes and a car stormed Le Campement Kangaba, near Dougourakoro, to the east of the capital Bamako, a resort that foreign residents visit for weekend breaks. Malian security forces backed by French troops deployed to push them out.
French troops and a 10,000-strong U.N. peacekeeping force have battled to stabilise Mali, a former French colony riven by ethnic conflict and plagued by dozens of armed groups.
Source: Africafeeds.com with additional files from Reuters