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Published: Fri, June 23, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Mali: Gunmen storm tourist resort, kill two

Mali: Gunmen storm tourist resort, kill two

The nationalities of the dead were a French-Malian, a French-Gabonese, a Chinese, a Portuguese and a Malian soldier, the ministry said.

The European Union (EU) said two of the dead - a man and a woman - were working for the bloc's mission in the country. It was not immediately clear how the attackers managed to overpower the security staff and fire at guests.

Malian anti-terrorist special forces members and investigators walk at the entrance of Le Campement tourist resort in Bamako a day after stormed the resort.

Mali's Security Minister Salif Traore told The Associated Press that all the attackers had been killed.

A new alliance of Islamist militant groups linked to Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for the attack at the luxury resort, according to Reuters.

Five female suicide bombers killed 12 people and wounded 11 in northeast Nigeria's Borno state on Sunday, police said on Monday.

The jihadis on Sunday afternoon attacked Campement Kangaba, yelling "Allah Akbar" and took hostages. Three others subsequently arrived in a vehicle and began firing their weapons.

The Secretary-General commends the rapid response by the Malian defence and security forces and the French forces, which MINUSMA supported.

"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 that Westerners frequent".

In March 2015, five people died when militants hit a popular restaurant in the capital.

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned the terrorist attack carried out at a hotel on the outskirts of Bamako on 18 June and offered his full support to the Government of Mali to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Religious extremism in Mali once was limited to northern areas, prompting the French military in 2013 to lead a military operation to oust jihadis from power in the major towns in the north.

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