A very popular resort that Westerners are known to frequent in the vacation area of Mali has been under siege by armed gunman.
The capital city of Bamako, according to the United Nations, has “an ongoing situation occurring at the location.”
The UN Mission to the West African Country sent out a tweet that said, "shots fired at Le Campement #Kangaba, tourist camp in the suburbs of #Bamako #Mali."
A spokesman for the Security Ministry reported to Reuters that the Le Campement resort is currently under heavy gunfire.
Earlier this month the European Union mission stated on it's website that there was an increased threat for terrorism according to unidentified intelligence reports.
The US Embassy in Bamako put out a report on it's own website saying "The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens of a possible increased threat of attacks against Western diplomatic missions, places of worship, and other locations in Bamako where Westerners frequent. Avoid vulnerable locations with poor security measures in place, including hotels, restaurants, and churches," the warning said.
The popular resort known to be frequented by Americans is located about 30 minutes from downtown Bamako where the US Embassy resides. The resort is frequented by elites who use the facilities to provide business meetings for important global conferences.
Officials have confirmed to the media that “Suspected Jihadis” have raided the resort with heavy weapons and bullets are confirmed to be flying across the resort. It has been confirmed that at least one French National is a fatality at the scene.
Now it's being reported that locals indeed reported hearing shots fired at the luxury destination. Le Campement Kangaba resort in Dougourakoro, to the east of the capital Bamako.
Malian troops and soldiers from France's Bakhane counter-terrorist force are at the scene. Anti-terrorism task forces are expect to to and seize the resort from the Muslim invaders who are now confirmed to have hostages on the ground.
More details will be presented in the hours to come as the Government releases them.