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'At least two dead' in attack on tourist resort in Mali

The luxury hotel is popular with expatriates and tourists. Credit: Le Campement

Two people have died as gunmen staged an attack on a luxury resort in Mali which is popular with expats and Western tourists.

Shots were heard as the suspected jihadists stormed the Le Campement de Kangaba resort in Dougourakoro, just outside the capital of Bamako, and took a number of hostages.

One of those killed is French-Gabonese and the nationality of the other victim is not yet known, the security ministry said.

"I heard gunfire coming from the camp and I saw people running out of the tourist site," said Modibo Diarra, who lives nearby.

Authorities said around 30 people managed to flee during the assault.

Three of the four assailants had been killed, said Moussa Ag Infahi, the director of the national police.

The final attacker was wounded by an off-duty soldier who was a guest at the hotel but then escaped.

Between three to four assailants are thought to be involved in the attack. Credit: ITV News

Mr Infahi said that a first attacker on a motorbike entered the resort at around 3.40pm and shouted "Allah Akbar".

"Then a car with three jihadists entered the resort and they started to fire their weapons," he said. "A French soldier who had come for the weekend but had his gun shot and wounded a jihadist."

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Mali is fighting radical Islamist terrorists who have seized control of much of north and central Mali and have been responsible for a surge of attacks in the country in recent years.

Terrorists killed 27 people at the Radisson Blu in Bamako in 2015 in a siege where they took 170 hostages.

That attack was claimed by two Islamist terror groups - Al Mourabitoun and al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.

The Foreign Office advice warns: "Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Mali.

"Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners."

It advises against all but essential travel to the south of the country including Bamako and the surrounding areas, and says Britons should not travel to the rest of the country in any circumstances.