Mali official says at least 2 dead in attack

Campement Mali

The attack took place at Le Campement resort in Dougourakoro, east of the capital of Bamako.

Baba Cisse said by telephone.

Gunfire first rang out at the Campement Kangaba on the outskirts of Bamako in the late afternoon, according to a security official with the United Nations mission known as MINUSMA.

"I heard gunfire coming from the camp and I saw people running out of the site", said Modibo Diarra, who lives nearby.

He said the second body was being identified, adding: "Operations are ongoing".

Malian soldiers and troops from France's Bakhane counter-terrorist team have arrived at the scene.

It was not immediately known how many guests were there at the time of the attack. In predominantly Muslim Mali, people have been fasting from sunrise to sundown for three weeks.

Another luxury site popular with tourists came under attack in Mali in 2015, when gunmen stormed a Radisson Blu hotel in the country's capital, killing at least 19 people.

The French Foreign Ministry would not say whether any French citizens were hurt or otherwise involved in the attack in the West African country.

Security has gradually worsened in 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. That attack left 20 dead - six Malians and 14 foreigners.

That attack was claimed by the militant group al-Mourabitoun, which said it collaborated with an al-Qaida affiliate in the violence.

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".

The Associated Press said that there have been casualties and hostages reported.

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