Sus­pected ji­hadists at­tack pop­u­lar re­sort in cap­i­tal

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BA­MAKO | Sus­pected ji­hadists at­tacked a ho­tel re­sort Sun­day in Mali’s cap­i­tal, tak­ing hostages at a spot pop­u­lar with for­eign­ers on the week­ends. The num­ber of ca­su­al­ties was un­clear in the as­sault, which con­tin­ued into the evening, au­thor­i­ties said.

Gun­fire first rang out at the Cam­pe­ment Kangaba on the out­skirts of Ba­mako in the late af­ter­noon, ac­cord­ing to a se­cu­rity of­fi­cial with the U.N. mis­sion known as MINUSMA.

Malian sol­diers later suc­ceeded in en­ter­ing the re­sort area, ac­cord­ing to Com­man­dant Modibo Traore, a spokesman for the Malian spe­cial forces in the for­mer French colony.

“The op­er­a­tion is on­go­ing,” he said, es­ti­mat­ing there were three or four as­sailants. There was no im­me­di­ate claim of re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack.

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