Two people have been confirmed dead after shots were fired at a resort in Mali.
National Assembly spokesperson, Diakate Benson told NBC that the gunfire came from a resort that is popular with Western tourists, Le Campement Kangaba in Dougourakoro.
Security Ministry spokesman, Baba Cisse, told Reuters that two people were confirmed dead, but gave no details regarding the casualties. “Security forces are in place. Campement Kangaba is blocked off and an operation is under way,” Cisse reported. “The situation is under control.”
A Tweet from the European Union Training Mission in Mali, confirms the attack. The tweet says: “#EUTMMali is aware of the attack in Resort Le Campament in #Bamako. We are supporting Malian Security Forces and assessing situation.”
— eutmmali (@eutmmali1) June 18, 2017
At the U.S. Embassy in Bamako, an American official also confirmed the attack and said no American citizens were believed to be at the site. The embassy currently has a travel warning in place that advises American citizens not to travel to Mali due to ongoing terrorist attacks and criminal violence there. According to the travel warning, the potential for attacks remains high throughout the country.
According to NBC, Mali was once a staging area for al-Qaeda’s North African activities, led by Mokhtar Belmokhtar. They claimed responsibility for a similar attack on a Bamaoko hotel in 2015.
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