Special forces killed four of the assailants and arrested three suspects, Baba Cisse, a spokesman for the ministry, said by phone on Monday. He had no further details.
Mali special forces spokesman and commanding officer Modibo Naman Traore says at least four people have been killed in the attack by jihadis at Le Campement Kangaba on the outskirts of Bamako, Mali’s capital. There were no details of casualties but the attack was continuing on Sunday evening.
France is pressing the UN Security Council to quickly adopt a resolution to fund and support a new African anti-jihadist force in the Sahel, comprising troops from Mali, Niger, Chad, Mauritania and Burkina Faso. Multiple outlets reported that the hotel, Le Campement Kangaba, was a favourite destination for expatriates in the country. “The situation is under control”.
Moussa Ag Infahi, director of the national police, told the AP that three of the assailants had been killed while a fourth escaped.
“Unfortunately for the moment there are two dead, including a Franco-Gabonese”, he said on Sunday, adding that the second body was being identified. “We are searching room by room”.
The attack began just before 4 p.m. local time. A helicopter was circling overhead.
“The anti-terrorist forces arrived on the scene immediately afterwards”.
In the suburbs of the capital, Bamako, attacked the resort complex “Camp kangaroo island”.
While no terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet, jihadist groups related to Al-Qaeda have been responsible for several attacks in the past.
The former French colony has been battling Islamist extremists with help from French forces and the United Nations.
In November 2015, more than 20 people were killed in an attack that targeted a luxury hotel in Bamako, when around 170 people were taken hostage by terrorists.
The attack was claimed by Al-Qaeda’s North African affiliate Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). Later in March, five people, including two Westerners, died in an attack against a restaurant in Bamako.
Meanwhile a Kangaba employee described ushering clients into a hiding place, a possible explanation for the relatively low death toll compared with the lives lost in previous assaults on tourist targets in west Africa. A devastating attack on the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako later that year left 20 dead. An attacker had also been wounded and fled, leaving a sub machine gun and six bottles of explosives behind, he said.