UPDATE: (Bamako, Mali) — More than 30 guests are no longer being held hostage after a deadly attack on a Mali resort today. The country’s security minister confirmed 32 people were rescued by security forces, and that two people were killed after armed “terrorists” attacked the Le Campement resort near the capital of Bamako. Meanwhile, the U.S. State Department is telling Westerners to avoid the capital of the West African nation after gunfire erupted today. The State Department tweeted that an ongoing attack is taking place at the Le Campement resort 30 minutes southeast of the capital city. The United Nations’ Mission to Mali also reported shots were fired at the resort.
Earlier this month, the U.S. Embassy in Bamako issued a travel warning on its website saying Westerners faces increased security threats.
Original: (Bamako, Mali) — At least two people are dead and several more are being held hostage after gunmen attacked a tourist resort in the West African nation of Mali today. The Mali government said an unknown number of “suspected jihadists” are behind the attack at Le Campement resort near the Mali capital of Bamako. A UN mission official says several other people have been wounded, but had no totals. The number of hostages was not yet known. Residents reported hearing gunshots at the resort that is popular with Westerners. The Mali government said its troops and soldiers from a French counter-terrorist force were in place.
Islamist fighters have been roaming the country for several years. And last week, the U.S. State Department issued a warning about possible attacks on Western diplomatic missions and other locations in Bamako frequented by Westerners.
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