Gunfire heard at Mali resort area popular with foreigners

Numerous European media outlets, including The Independent, are reporting that Le Campement, a luxury resort near Bamako, the capital of Mali, have been attacked by a group of gunmen.

The ministry said late Sunday that one of the victims was a dual French-Gabonese citizen.

According to the security ministry, "one of the terrorists was able to escape, after being injured". There also were believed to be hostages in the luxury Campement de Kangaba resort area Sunday.

A French military operation in January 2013 ousted the Islamist rebels but jihadists continue to mount frequent attacks on civilians and the Malian army, as well as on French and United Nations forces present in the country. We will focus on reports from police officials and other authorities, credible news outlets and reporters who are at the scene.

Malian troops and soldiers from France's Bakhane counter-terrorist force headed to the site on the edge of Bamako, where nearby residents reported hearing shots fired while smoke billowed into the air. In predominantly Muslim Mali, people have been fasting from sunrise to sundown for three weeks.

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The US embassy in Bamako had warned earlier this month "of a possible increased threat of attacks against Western diplomatic missions, places of worship, and other locations in Bamako where Westerners frequent". He said there were no French troops based in Bamako, but about 2,000 French troops based in northern Mali fighting Islamic extremists.

An official in Macron's office said the president has been informed about the attack and he and his teams are following the evolving events.

In March the same year, a grenade and gun attack on La Terrasse nightclub in Bamako killed five people, including foreigners.

Mali has been in a state of emergency since the Radisson Blu attack.

In a video released in March, jihadists said those two were joining together along with two Mali-based terror groups. Associated Press writer Angela Charlton in Paris contributed.

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