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New al-Qaeda linked group claims responsibility for Mali resort attack

20 June 2017

Malian, French and United Nations forces deployed in the former French colony responded by killing four of the attackers and arrested five, Reuters reported.

Residents in nearby communities reported hearing sounds of gunshots inside the luxury, Le Campement resort east of the capital, Bamako.

"It is a extremist attack".

Security forces killed at least four jihadis after the extremists attacked a resort spot popular with foreigners on the outskirts of Mali's capital Sunday in which two people were killed, the country's security minister said Monday.

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He later told journalists that "we have recovered the bodies of two attackers who were killed" and were searching for the bodies of two others. Traore said that 36 hostages, mostly French and Malian, had also been freed during the rescue mission.

The Secretary-General commends the rapid response by the Malian defence and security forces and the French forces, which MINUSMA supported. The attacker was wounded and later died. He also left behind "bottles containing some explosive substances", the security ministry said. Three others subsequently arrived in a vehicle and began firing their weapons.

Mali is a hotspot for Islamist jihadists who are very active in the northern part of the West African country.

At a France-Africa summit in Bamako in January, the owner of Kangaba, Herve Depardieu, had complained about the "alarming security information" given by foreign consulates "which seriously disturb our love of life and our freedoms".

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That attack was jointly claimed by both the regional al-Qaida affiliate and a group known as Al Mourabitoun, which was founded by Moktar Belmoktar after he fell out with al-Qaida leaders.

In recent years, the extremists have become even more brazen, attacking sites frequented by Westerners.

The Kangaba, located on the eastern edge of Bamako, boasts accommodation in hut-style rooms, as well as restaurants and swimming pools, according to its website.

Mali has been in a state of emergency since the Radisson Blu attack.

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The group, led by a notorious Tuareg commander, was formed earlier in 2017 following a merger of local groups.

New al-Qaeda linked group claims responsibility for Mali resort attack