Situation "Under Control" After Armed Gunmen Storm Luxury Resort Outside Mali Capital, Hostages Freed

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Update: AFP reports that about 20 hostages seized in Bamako resort attack are freed, according to security minister

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A luxury resort popular with Western expats outside Mali's capital Bamako has been stormed by armed gunmen on Sunday, a spokesman at the Security Ministry said according to Reuters.

The attack took place at the Le Campement resort in Dougourakoro, to the east of the capital Bamako, and is said to still be going on. The rural resort offers luxury accommodation, a spa and three swimming pools, as well as running excursions and sports for guests.

As the Independent adds, the hotel is situated on the outskirts of Bamako, where the Radisson Blu hotel was the target of a previous terror attack that left more than 20 people dead in November 2015.

According to AP, casualties have been reported:

Social media reports that Mali's FORSAT, a joint intervention force of police, national guard and gendarmerie, has arrived on the scene at the Le Campement.

Soldiers from France’s Bakhane counter-terrorist force have setup a security cordon in conjunction with local authorities. The joint military operation is still under way.

"Security forces are in place. Campement Kangaba is blocked off and an operation is under way," Security Ministry spokesman Baba Cisse said by telephone, as cited by Reuters. "The situation is under control," he added cited by Reuters.

It was not immediately if attack was conducted by Islamist terrorists, similar to the November 2015 attack, when Islamist militants took 170 hostages and killed 20 of them in a mass shooting at the Radisson Blu hotel in Mali's capital Bamako. Back then Malian commandos raided the hotel and freed the surviving hostages. Al-Mourabitoun claimed that it carried out the attack "in cooperation with" Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb; an Al Qaeda member confirmed that the two groups cooperated in the attack.

The US Embassy in Bamako issued a warning on June 9 of a potential attack in the near future.

“The US Embassy informs US citizens of a possible increased threat of attacks against Western diplomatic missions, places of worship, and other locations in Bamako where Westerners frequent. Avoid vulnerable locations with poor security measures in place, including hotels, restaurants and churches.”

By way of background, French troops are supporting Malian government forces, while the violence has made the UN peacekeeping mission in the country the deadliest in the world.

Despite the deployment of 11,000 peacekeepers since France’s first intervention in 2013, Islamist groups have been re-gaining strength in recent months, launching a series of attacks on the military as they push south.

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onwisconsinbadger's picture

Time to send US troops. Oh no, we already have troops there, Mali is in our national interest. Sad !!!!

knukles's picture

Last one of these at the mall in Nariobi (?) was "cleared" out by US SF, wasn't it?

bamawatson's picture

Le Campement is a unique way to spell Motel 6 

MANvsMACHINE's picture

"The rural resort offers luxury accommodation, a spa and three swimming pools, as well as running excursions and sports for guests."

Good to know.

Caleb Abell's picture

Running excursions?

And you better be good at running.

Mr Hankey's picture

Heading  2 the  airport  right now 4 pre-flight fist-fucking.

Sudden Debt's picture

WHY????

You know, I knew 2 people who went on vacation to Iran... I mean... HELL! If something happens, you knew it was very well possible!

If you go to Mali, YOU KNOW THAT TO!

It costs millions to get these idiots back!

I say: Fuck them, you knew it was possible, solve you own shit.

these kind of people go to places like that just to say: Hey, I went there and it was great!

so... let's just wait when they get back on their own dime and listen how great it was!

 

Plus: The oil interests are for France so let them just do it while they're also broke.

 

2banana's picture

And..........

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's muslims

mofreedom's picture

Moor proof of global warming.

charlewar's picture

but...but....our pols tell us muslim filth are the cult of piece...

knukles's picture

Stop with the racist Muslim screeds!
All we know so far is that they're black.
We think.

For some obscure reason I'm not too worried about the Real Housewives of Bayonne taking over the local Motel 6

aloha_snakbar's picture

Is it just me or does Teresa Giudice kind of look like Paulie Walnuts in drag...

waspwench's picture

Again. And again, and again, and ad infinitum.

It is impossible to co-exist with muslims.

The government keeps importing muslims.

You cannot co-exist with them, therefore, presumably, the plan is to replace you, with muslims.

Mr Hankey's picture

Nigs don't  need Islam 2 nig.

Dilluminati's picture

they wanted a snack a bar

 

Cordeezy's picture

Al-queda aren't considered radical Islamic terrorist any more?

 

 

www.escapeamazon.com/read-this

 

VladLenin's picture

There are resorts in Mali? WTF?

Insurrexion's picture

Who-the-fuck goes to a LUXURY Resort in fucking Mali?

mofreedom's picture

Who goes to Africa, not a racial thing,,,just ICK.  I would go to North Korea if I had any money.

wonderfulme's picture

UN people, NGO vermin, Western industry middle-management.

mofreedom's picture

Clintons went to Morocco for phosphate money in return for making it harder on U.S. phosphate industry.

Berspankme's picture

UN pedophiles looking for young africans to bugger

83_vf_1100_c's picture

That was my thought upon reading the headline. I suppose there are weathy Malians and biz people that travel thru that mud huts don't quite meet their expectations so... the luxury resort.

guardyernuts's picture

I know, but it's still better than Disney World.

Disgruntled Goat's picture

Quite sorry Mr Buttle, but your reservation was not for a Luxury Resort in Bali. These must be some mixup. Just step this way please. The gentleman in the mask will assist you.

wonderfulme's picture

TIL Mali has luxury resorts.

Probably booked in full by the UN and NGO's.

Seasmoke's picture

What do you expect from a country next to a bunch of Nigers.

secretargentman's picture

Excellent use of the single 'g', what with Niger and Nigeria being close by...

Mr Hankey's picture

There goes the neighborhood 

Insurrexion's picture

Just look at this place?

(Make sure you can read French)

 

http://www.lecampement.com/en/historique-du-campement/

 

Fun times.

Goldennutz's picture

For Mali-ians (?) that is luxury.

HRH Feant2's picture

Only the first page is in Franch. The rest is in English. Gotta love the Chieftan suite. Or the Nubian suite.

Trippy place. No fucking way would I vacay there. As for luxury? I guess a concrete bathtub, a chair, and a pipe coming out of the wall are luxurious considering how the locals live.

Ms No's picture

Oh damn.  You really have to watch your six at the pool.

Last pic. http://www.lecampement.com/en/attraction/piscines/

 

Mustafa Kemal's picture

I was just telling the wife "Honey, I think this year we should go on vacation to Mali"  She said Bali?

No, I said Mali, you know in that part of africa with that particularly violent strain of terrorism. She said, Oh, that sounds relaxing.

MANvsMACHINE's picture

Guns commit crimes everywhere. They know no bounds.

Stop the guns. Stop the crimes.

Not really.

Dancing Disraeli's picture

Take her to Baltimore instead.  No passport or visas required.

Insurrexion's picture

Yea,

My Ex-wife wanted to take me to a Mali Luxury Resort for Father's Day.

You know, re-kindle the old spirit, take the kids, and her new boyfriend.

A James Woods look-a-like.

Only problem... she kept looking over her shoulder when she was closing me.

Anderson Coopers Gerbil's picture

But it,s Ramadan it can,t be  the religion of peace

az_patriot's picture

I've been to Mali before, and lived in West Aftrica in general for about four years.  Anyone who thinks there's any such thing as a "luxury resort" in or near Bamako needs immediate psychiatric help.  It's "luxury" by West Africa standards and that's about it.

And before you go there, be sure to get your anti-malaria medicine and a butt full of shots.

johnnycanuck's picture

Apparently the 24 hour news cycle folks have forgotten what fueled Islamist activity in Mali.  Remember Libya?   Americans do have some excuse however, what with being subjected to the 7 day per week Trump Reality TVee Show carried by ALL MPM outlets,  (Mass Propaganda Media).  A quick refresher;

"If you want an illustration of the law of unintended consequences, look no further than Mali. The drama that’s been unfolding there over the past nine months, and that has taken a new turn in the past week, is a perfect illustration.

Here’s the background. Muammar el-Qaddafi's regime began to crumble under the combined onslaught of NATO airstrikes—which began with the then-president of France, Nicolas Sarkozy, launching his jets even though the other participating NATO states had planned to act in unison—and the increasingly effective ground operations of the Libyan opposition. Ethnic Tuaregs, whom the Libyan dictator had long used as mercenaries, feared that they would face reprisals and fled to neighboring Mali.

They took lots of weapons with them, supplementing the long-running efforts of Malian Tuaregs to create an independent homeland in the north. The Tuaregs, distributed across various North African countries, had sought their own state in vain as France was withdrawing its empire in Africa’s north and west following World War II. They now sensed a long-awaited golden moment.

Before long, the Tuaregs carved out an area equal in size to France in Mali’s north. Malian army units, trained by the United States, either fled or Tuareg soldiers and commanders defected to the insurgents, taking their weapons with them. The main army in southern Mali, also U.S. trained, overthrew the elected government, creating even more chaos.

Since then, the demarcation line between northern and southern Mali has remained stable. In the north, the Islamist elements of the insurgency vanquished their nationalist brethren. They then built a draconian sharia-based state, which amputates the limbs of thieves, imposes all manner of restrictions on women, and has created an atmosphere laden with fear."

http://nationalinterest.org/commentary/mali-libya-unintended-consequence...

Berspankme's picture

They say Mali is beautiful in the spring