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Two EU staff killed in Mali attack: Mogherini

19 June 2017

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European Union (EU) foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini on Monday confirmed that two EU staff were killed in an attack in Mali Sunday. The military said in a statement the attack occurred Sunday at the Le Campement Kangaba, in the outskirts of Bamako, the West African country's capital.

One of the extremists was wounded but managed to escape.

Security Minister Salif Traore told Radio France International on Monday that "five terrorists were killed" in operations that continued throughout the night.

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"These are hard and dramatic hours which testify to how European and Africans are brothers and sisters in both the fight against terrorism and in the solidarity of our response to it", she said.

About forty tourists were evacuated following the attack, according to the minister who added they included 1 Frenchman, 14 Malians, 1 Cameroonians, 1 Italian, 2 Spanish, 2 Dutch, 1 Egyptian and 2 Kenyans.

The French president's office, the defense minister's office and the French military would not comment immediately on the attack or on media reports saying that French forces are intervening.

France intervened in Mali in 2013 to oust Islamic extremists who had seized control of the major northern towns the year before. But the militants have continued targeting Malian forces and peacekeepers, making it the deadliest United Nations mission in the world.

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"The US Embassy informs US citizens of a possible increased threat of attacks against Western diplomatic missions, places of worship, and other locations in Bamako where Westerners frequent".

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

The gunmen shouted "Allahu akbar" as they opened fire on tables of people who were gathered for breakfast at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, a witness said.

That attack was jointly claimed by both the regional al-Qaida affiliate and a group known as Al Mourabitoun, which was founded by Moktar Belmoktar after he fell out with al-Qaida leaders.

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

Two EU staff killed in Mali attack: Mogherini