Gunmen have stormed a tourist resort at luxury resort in Mali, east of the capital Bamako which is popular with westerners, and two people are dead
Malian special forces intervened, backed by UN soldiers and troops from a French counter-terrorism force.
“The first victim was a French-Gabonese citizen. We are in the process of confirming the other’s nationality,” said Baba Cisse, security ministry spokesman.
The country’s security minister Salif Traore said it was a jihadist attack, and for the moment, there are two dead, including a Franco-Gabonese.
Mahamadou Doumbia, a security guard, said a militant on a motorcycle entered the area around 3.40pm local time and cried “Allah Akbar” before jumping off and running toward the pool area.
Released guests, many still only wearing their swimsuits, also reported that the gunmen shouted “Allahu akbar”, meaning “God is great” in Arabic, during the assault.
The minister said four assailants had been killed by security forces.
Mali has been fighting a jihadist insurgency for several years, with Islamist fighters roaming the country’s north and centre.
In November 2015, at least 20 people were killed when gunmen took guests and staff hostage at the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako.Please subscribe to our newsletter