Resort outside Mali's capital under attack

Shots have been fired at a resort near Mali's capital Bamako, according to a tweet from the UN Mission to the country. Campement Kangaba is blocked off and an operation is under way, ' Cisse said by telephone.

Western tourists love to stay at the Le Campement Kangaba Resort, east of the capital Bamako in Mali is known among western tourists having charming rooms, delicious and healthy food, a garden of Eden and dream pools.

'Security forces are in place.

Suspected jihadists launched an attack Sunday on a hotel resort in Mali's capital, taking hostages at a spot popular with foreigners on the weekends. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to reporters.

"The operation is ongoing and we estimate that there are between three and four assailants", said Commandant Modibo Traore, a spokesman for the Malian special forces in the former French colony.

It's the second deadly attack in the West African country in as many days.

French military spokesman Col. Patrik Steiger said he had "strictly no information" about French military involvement in the incident in Bamako. Witnesses described smoke in the air, according to local media.

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Earlier this month, the U.S. Embassy in Mali warned Americans of "a possible increased threat of attacks against Western diplomatic missions, places of worship, and other locations in Bamako where Westerners frequent".

In a video released in March, jihadists said those two were joining together along with two Mali-based terror groups.

At least 14 people, both Malians and foreigners, were injured, the ministry said.

"It is very exposed to danger", he said, adding that the attack was "well-organised".

The country has been battling a jihadist insurgency for several years, with Islamist fighters roaming the north and centre of Mali.

That attack was claimed by al-Qaeda's North African affiliate al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (Aqim).

Another militant group led by the Malian jihadist Iyad Ag Ghaly, a former leader of the Ansar Dine Islamists, has also claimed multiple attacks on domestic and foreign forces since its formation - particularly against the 12,000-member United Nations force known as MINUSMA. There were no details of casualties but the attack was continuing on Sunday evening.

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