Mali security minister: 4 jihadis killed in resort attack

Gunfire heard at Mali resort area popular with foreigners

The military said in a statement the attack occurred Sunday at the Le Campement Kangaba, in the outskirts of Bamako, the West African country's capital.

A United Nations official who spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to speak to journalists said those at the resort when the attack began included people affiliated with the French military mission, as well as the United Nations and European Union missions in the country.

The minister said two hotel staff workers and two guests were also wounded by bullet.

Security Minister Salif Traore said Monday that forces pursued and killed the fourth attacker who had initially escaped. Security forces have rescued 36 residents, including 13 French citizens.

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) - The Latest on the attack by Islamic extremists on a resort outside Mali's capital, Bamako. He also left behind "bottles containing some explosive substances", the security ministry said.

At least 14 were injured in the attack and taken to a nearby hospital. French President Emmanuel Macron was informed about the attack and was following the events carefully, according to an official in his office.

"The US Embassy informs US citizens of a possible increased threat of attacks against Western diplomatic missions, places of worship, and other locations in Bamako where Westerners frequent".

Back in January, the Kangaba's owner, Herve Depardieu, had complained about the "alarming security information" issued by foreign consulates, telling a France-Africa summit in Bamako.

The gunmen shouted "Allahu akbar" as they opened fire on tables of people who were gathered for breakfast at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, a witness said. Five terrorists were killed ...

Campement Kangaba features three swimming pools and is a popular escape from the Malian heat.

In 2012 Mali's north fell under the control of jihadist groups linked to Al-Qaeda who hijacked an ethnic Tuareg-led rebel uprising, though the Islamists were largely ousted by a French-led military operation in January 2013.

That attack, which killed 20 people, caused the government to instate a state of emergency which has been in place more or less ever since. AQIM claimed the assault, saying the gunmen were from the Al-Murabitoun group of Algerian extremist Mokhtar Belmokhtar. There also were believed to be hostages inside the luxury resort area.

France is pressing the UN Security Council to quickly adopt a resolution to fund and support a new African anti-jihadist force in the Sahel, comprising troops from Mali, Niger, Chad, Mauritania and Burkina Faso.

It has been targeted constantly by jihadists, with dozens of peacekeepers killed, including five on Saturday.

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