No word yet on the hostages….
‘At least two dead’ as holiday hotspot in Mali is stormed by gunmen who took hostages in resort popular with Western tourists
Shots were heard by local residents near Le Campement Kangaba, to the eastern edge of the Malian capital, Bamako, with plumes of smoke also seen billowing into the air. Stunned faces of those who were captured could be seen through the windows of buses that were ferrying them to safety after they had been rescued.
Mali’s Security Minister, Salif Traore, said: ‘It is a jihadist attack. Malian special forces intervened and about 20 hostages have been released. Unfortunately for the moment there are two dead.’ Malian troops and soldiers from France’s Bakhane regional counter-terrorist force surrounded the site, a resort boasting accommodation in hut-style rooms, as well as restaurants and swimming pools.