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Mali: Gunmen Attack EU Military Mission


Gunmen attacked the headquarters of a European Union military training operation on Monday. No causalities have been reported among military personnel.

“No EUTM-Mali personnel has been hurt or injured during the attack. EUTM-Mali is securing the area,” the mission said in a report by CNN.

The hotel Nord-Sud, which was turned into an EU military mission headquarters is located in Mali’s capital, Bamako.  It has 600 EU personnel to train Mali’s security forces.

According to Mali’s Security Ministry, one attacker was killed and two arrested.

The country’s internal security minister, Colonel Salif Traoré, said that the suspect will be interrogated and authorities are laying down investigations.

“One of the assailants was killed. We are examining the sack he was carrying, which could contain explosives. Two suspects were arrested and are being interrogated.” said Traoré in a report by Reuters.

It has not been clarified who was behind the attacks.

A witness, Sekou Tamboura, said he was near the hotel during the shooting. “We were next to the Hamdallaye Cemetery when the first shot rang out, then there was a second and a third. There were a few seconds of pause, then it kicked off and did not stop. It was every man for himself,” Tamboura said.

Another witness said: “The attackers tried to force through the entry and the guards posted in front of the entrance opened fire. One attacker was killed.”

Mali along with French security forces has been grappling to eradicate the stronghold of Islamist militants. Moreover, United Nation has come forward to establish a peacemaking deal to secure Mali’s government from terror attacks.

Islamists groups like Al-Qaeda is a bane of Mali’s government. Last week, the group claimed the responsibility for Ivory-Coast attacks, where militants stormed a beachfront resort and killed 16 people.

In November, last year, an Al-Qaida affiliated group mindlessly attacked Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, which claimed 21 lives.

“These people started shooting. They were shooting at everybody without asking a single question. They were shooting at anything that moved,” said a restaurant worker of Tamba Couyea in the Radisson Blu Hotel.

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