2 dead in suspected jihadist attack on Mali spa

BAMAKO, Mali — Suspected jihadists attacked a hotel resort Sunday in Mali’s capital, taking hostages at a popular tourist spot. At least two people were killed and about 30 people escaped, 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 UN mission.

‘‘I heard gunfire coming from the camp and I saw people running out of the site,’’ said Modibo Diarra, who lives nearby. ‘‘I learned that it was a terrorist attack.’’


Malian soldiers later entered the resort area, according to Commandant Modibo Traore, a spokesman for the Malian special forces in the former French colony. He estimated there were three or four assailants.

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Mali’s security minister later confirmed at least two deaths, including a dual French-Gabonese citizen. One of the suspected attackers who was wounded in the attack escaped, the ministry added.

Associated Press