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Suspected jihadists attack popular resort in Mali's capital

Suspected jihadists attack popular resort in Mali's capital

The Defence Forces say all its members have been located in Mali, following a terrorist attack there.

So far, in the confused circumstances surrounding the attack, the number of victims is not known and neither is the precise number of attackers.

One of the extremists was wounded but managed to escape.

Traore said the militants had some accomplices who had not been killed or detained.

The Portuguese military says one of its soldiers on a European Union training mission in Mali has died in what it called a terrorist attack.

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Gunmen stormed Le Campement Kangaba in Dougourakoro, to the east of the capital Bamako, a resort foreign residents often visit for weekend breaks, in the afternoon.

Witness Boubacar Sangare was just outside the compound during the attack.

Several columns of smoke can be seen rising from the tourist complex and some sources said that the attackers have taken hostages, although that has not yet been officially confirmed. "That makes it a target", said Abdulai Niang, director of the Center for Security Studies in Bamako.

Sunday's violence came about a week after the U.S. State Department warned of possible attacks on Western diplomatic missions and other locations in Bamako that Westerners frequent.

Late past year, the U.S. State Department also warned U.S. citizens against traveling to Mali "because of ongoing terrorist attacks and criminal violence".

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According to RT, the French and Malian security forces have eliminated four militants.

Earlier this month, the US Embassy in Bamako issued a travel warning on its website, saying there was an increased security threat to Westerners. It is also popular with expatriates who use its facilities to host business meetings.

In November 2015, gunmen raided the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako, leaving 20 dead - six Malians and 14 foreigners, according to the Associated Press.

Security has gradually worsened across Mali since French forces pushed back allied Islamist and Tuareg rebel fighters in 2013 from swathes of the north they had occupied the previous year.

Toppo reported from McLean, Va.

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