5 killed in jihadi attack on Mali resort outside capital

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, June 19, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News
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Islamic extremists who stormed a resort area in Mali popular with foreigners killed five people, including a Portuguese soldier who had been serving in the European Union mission to stabilize this West African country wracked by mounting extremism, authorities said on Monday.

The death toll rose after a Malian soldier who was wounded in the Sunday afternoon attack died of his injuries. Three civilians – a Chinese citizen, a Malian, and a French-Gabonese dual national – also were slain in the worst terror attack to strike Bamako since late 2015.

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said the Malian victim worked for the European delegation in Bamako.

The attack struck a resort area that was considered safe enough that it was an approved rest and recreation location for soldiers with the EU mission.

It was not immediately clear how the attackers managed to overpower the security staff and shoot at guests.

Mali’s special forces arrived on the scene not long after the reports of gunfire erupting from Campement Kangaba, known for its three swimming pools and serene surroundings as an escape from the bustling capital’s heat and traffic.

Initially the country’s security minister said one of the wounded attackers had managed to escape but on Monday officials said they had accounted for all the jihadists.

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