Four guests killed in Mali resort attack - security source


UPDATE 2-Four guests killed in Mali resort attack - security source

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    By Idrissa SangareBAMAKO, June 19 (Reuters) - 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.
    One of the victims of Sunday's attack was Portuguese and one
Cameroonian, the security source said. Authorities had on Sunday
confirmed two deaths and identified one as French-Gabonese.
[nL8N1JF0SP] The source said the fourth victim had not been
    Security forces backed by French and U.N. troops mobilised
quickly when the attack was underway, rescuing 36 residents
including 13 French citizens. [nL8N1JF0SP]
    Security Minister Salif Traore told Radio France
International on Monday that "five terrorists were killed" in
operations that continued throughout the night.
    "This was without doubt a terrorist attack," he told the
radio station.
    The resort was still cordoned off by late morning on Monday
as a Malian anti-terrorist squad combed the area for the missing
person, a Reuters witness said. A U.N. mission helicopter was
circling overhead.
    Traore said the militants had some accomplices who had not
been killed or detained. On Sunday night, authorities reported
that two of the assailants had been killed.
    No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.
    French troops and a 10,000-strong U.N. peacekeeping force
have been battling to stabilise Mali, a former French colony,
ever since France intervened in 2013 to push back jihadists and
allied Tuareg rebels who had taken over the country's desert
north a year earlier.
    Al Qaeda in the Islamic Magreb and other Islamist groups
have claimed attacks on Western targets in Mali and the wider
West Africa region in the past.
    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. [nP6N1IJ021]
    "I am tired, shocked. I have no other words to say," the
resort owner Manou Morgane, a French national, told Reuters TV
overnight. "All I want to do is to see the list of my clients. I
want to find them (anyone missing)."

 (Writing and additional reporting by Tim Cocks in Dakar;
Editing by Hugh Lawson)


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