Hotel in Bamako under siege-Reports
June 18, Bamako: A popular tourist resort in Mali came under attack on Sunday according to local media reports.
The hotel which is popular with the expat community in the country came under attack by jihadist group and is currently under siege. However, the Malian troops and soldiers from France's Bakhane counter-terrorist force have headed to the site on the edge of Bamako, where tgun firing had been heard.
Mali has been battling a jihadist insurgency for several years, with Islamic tettorirts groups and militants roaming the country's north and centre.
In 2012 the country's north fell under the control of the Al-Qaeda who hijacked an ethnic Tuareg-led rebel uprising, though the Islamists were largely ousted by a French-led military operation in January 2013.
In November 2015 Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).had taken guests and staff hostage at the luxury Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako in a siege that left at least 20 people dead, including 14 foreigners.
But jihadists have mounted numerous attacks on civilians and the army, as well as on French and UN forces still stationed there.
The Oslo Times International News Network