Mil­i­tants at­tack Mali re­sort

Toronto Star - - WORLD - BABA AHMED

BA­MAKO, MALI— Ji­hadists at­tacked a ho­tel re­sort Sun­day in Mali’s cap­i­tal, tak­ing hostages at a spot pop­u­lar with for­eign­ers on the week­ends. More than 30 peo­ple man­aged to es­cape, though at least two peo­ple were killed, au­thor­i­ties said.

Moussa Ag In­fahi, direc­tor of the na­tional po­lice, told The As­so­ci­ated Press that three of the as­sailants had been killed while a fourth es­caped.

Gun­fire first rang out at the Campe- ment Kangaba on the out­skirts of Ba­mako in the late af­ter­noon, ac­cord­ing to a se­cu­rity guard who was work­ing at the time.

Ma­hamadou Doumbia said fir­ing started when a mil­i­tant on a mo­tor­cy­cle en­tered the area around 3:40 p.m., fol­lowed by three more who ar­rived by car.

“A French sol­dier who had come for the week­end but had his gun shot and wounded a ji­hadist,” he said.

There was no im­me­di­ate claim of re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack.

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