Two EU staff killed in Mali attack: Mogherini

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said the Malian victim worked for the European delegation in Bamako.

The same month, another attack took place in Mali at a hotel patronized by the members of the European Union mission charged with training the Malian army (EUTM Mali).

Daniel Okwogo, a Kenyan guest who witnessed the attack, said that about 30 minutes after his arrival he heard the gunshots.

Although the attackers succeeded in mounting a lethal attack, security forces backed by French and United Nations troops managed to rescue 36 residents including 13 French citizens.

A sign points to Campement Kangaba, a hotel resort, near Bamako, Mali, Sunday, June 18, 2017.

Suspected jihadists in Mali's capital have attacked a resort that is popular with foreigners on the weekends, a security official says.

Two people were killed after an attack on a luxury tourist resort on Sunday.

Four gunmen arriving on motorbikes and a auto stormed Le Campement Kangaba, near Dougourakoro, to the east of the capital Bamako, a resort that foreign residents visit for weekend breaks.

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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 on Sunday afternoon.

Security minister Salif Traore said 32 hostages were freed after an operation by special forces, which have surrounded the resort.

Responsibility for that attack was claimed by two different jihadi alliances, one headed by the Islamic State and the other by Al Qaeda. "Some terrorists were neutralized", a spokesperson for the Ministry said.

However shortly after noon they said the missing serviceman had been found.

Earlier this month, the U.S. embassy in Bamako had warned of "possible future attacks on Western diplomatic missions, other locations in Bamako that Westerners frequent".

Religious extremism in Mali once was limited to northern areas, prompting the French military in 2013 to lead a military operation to oust jihadis from power in the major towns in the north.

The unrest has continued despite a 2015 peace deal between the government and Tuareg-led rebels offering partial autonomy to the north.

There were an unknown number of off-duty members of the UN Minusma multinational force stationed in Mali in the area at the time.

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