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

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.


Sudden Debt onwisconsinbadger Sun, 06/18/2017 - 16:00 Permalink

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. 

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HRH Feant2 (not verified) Insurrexion (not verified) Sun, 06/18/2017 - 15:03 Permalink

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.

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Mustafa Kemal Sun, 06/18/2017 - 14:34 Permalink

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.

az_patriot (not verified) Sun, 06/18/2017 - 15:13 Permalink

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 Sun, 06/18/2017 - 15:18 Permalink

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;January 22, 2013"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."…