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Terrorism & Insurgency

Assault on resort indicates armed guards unlikely to deter attacks on 'soft targets' in Mali's capital

19 June 2017

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Jihadist gunmen carried out an assault on 19 June on the Kangaba hotel and camping resort in the outskirts of Mali's capital, Bamako, firing on guests with assault rifles.

The attackers briefly seized more than 30 hostages. However, the hostages were swiftly released after the intervention of Malian and French counter-terrorism forces, leading to six deaths, comprising two hostages and four attackers, and at least 14 injured. This comes after a previous attack in March on the Nord-Sud hotel in Bamako, which hosts the European Union military training mission, in which one of the four attackers was killed. Many more attacks have been carried out in recent months in Mali's north, targeting western and United Nations interests involved in fighting against an Islamist-inspired insurgency.

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