4 killed in attack by extremists at Mali resort

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Unidentified gunmen killed four guests at a Mali luxury resort popular with Western expatriates just outside the capital Bamako, and one other guest is still missing, a security source at the scene said on Monday.

Mali's Ministry of Security and Civil Protection said "armed individuals, certainly terrorists" attacked the resort.

Jihadis attacked the hotel resort on Sunday afternoon, yelling "Allah Akbar" and taking hostages.

"We have recovered the bodies of two attackers who were killed", he said while adding that the search for the other two bodies are presently on.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which came amid the final week of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

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.

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Eyewitnesses, however, told Anadolu Agency that more than seven people were killed in the attack, including three civilians and one Malian soldier.

A spokesman said that a French-Gabonese citizen was one of the two people killed.

The Latest on the attack by Islamic extremists on a resort outside Mali's capital, Bamako. Campement Kangaba is blocked off and an operation is under way.

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. But the militants have continued targeting Malian forces and peacekeepers, making it the deadliest United Nations mission in the world.

French President Emmanuel Macron spoke to the leader of Mali after the attack and pledged France's full support for the country, Macron's office said on Monday.

In recent years, the extremists have become even more brazen, attacking sites frequented by Westerners.

A 2015 file photo shows the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako.

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