Five Mali re­sort at­tack­ers killed

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

DAKAR: Malian se­cu­rity forces have re­port­edly killed five mil­i­tants in­volved in an at­tack on a lux­ury re­sort pop­u­lar with Western ex­pa­tri­ates out­side Mali’s cap­i­tal, Ba­mako.

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

“This was with­out doubt a ter­ror­ist at­tack,” Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter Salif Traore said. “The an­titer­ror­ist forces ar­rived on the scene soon af­ter­wards.” No group had claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack early yes­ter­day.

French troops and a 10 000-strong UN peace­keep­ing force have been bat­tling to sta­bilise Mali since France in­ter­vened in 2013 to push back ji­hadists and al­lied Tuareg rebels.

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