Mali forces kill 5 mil­i­tants:

Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Malian se­cu­rity forces have killed five mil­i­tants in­volved in an at­tack on a lux­ury re­sort pop­u­lar with Western ex­pa­tri­ates out­side Mali’s cap­i­tal Ba­mako, the se­cu­rity min­is­ter said on Mon­day.

Uniden­ti­fied gun­men at­tacked the re­sort, Le Cam­pe­ment Kangaba on Sun­day, killing two of the guests. Se­cu­rity forces have res­cued 36 res­i­dents, in­clud­ing 13 French cit­i­zens.

“This was with­out doubt a ter­ror­ist at­tack,” Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter Salif Traore told Ra­dio France In­ter­na­tional. “The anti-ter­ror­ist forces ar­rived on the scene im­me­di­ately af­ter­wards. Five ter­ror­ists were killed ... The op­er­a­tions con­tin­ued through­out the night.”

Traore said the mil­i­tants had some ac­com­plices who had not been killed or de­tained. On Sun­day night, au­thor­i­ties re­ported that two of the as­sailants had been killed.

No group has yet claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack.

French troops and a 10,000-strong UN peace­keep­ing force have been bat­tling to sta­bilise Mali, a for­mer French colony, ever since France in­ter­vened in 2013 to push back ji­hadists and al­lied Tuareg rebels who had taken over the coun­try’s desert north a year ear­lier. (RTRS)

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