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A terror attack is underway right now at a luxury resort that is a popular vacation spot for foreigners with at least two people dead and hostages being taken.

Jihadist gunmen in the West African country of Mali stormed the luxury Campement de Kangaba resort area near Bamako Sunday.

A United Nations official told the Associated Press those at the resort when the attack began included people affiliated with the French military mission as well as the U.N.

Baba Cisse, a spokesman for Mali’s security ministry, confirmed that one of those killed was a “French-Gabonese citizen.” The other victim’s nationality was not immediately released, Sky News reported.


Residents living near the resort said that shots were fired and smoke could be seen in the air.

“I heard gunfire coming from the camp and I saw people running out of the tourist site,” said Modibo Diarra, who lives nearby. “I learned that it was a terrorist attack.”

Malian soldiers succeeded in entering the site, according to Commandant Modibo Traore, a spokesman for the Malian special forces in the former French colony.

“The operation is ongoing and we estimate that there are between three and four assailants,” he said.

As night fell, witnesses could see smoke rising from the Campement de Kangaba, which features three swimming pools and is a popular escape from the Malian heat for the day. It was not immediately clear what was burning, although jihadists have been known to light cars ablaze during other attacks in the region.

Sunday’s violence came about a week after the U.S. State Department warned of “possible future attacks on Western diplomatic missions, other locations in Bamako that Westerners frequent.”

“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.

“Avoid vulnerable locations with poor security measures in place, including hotels, restaurants, and churches.

“Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates. Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.”

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.

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and another militant group claimed responsibility an attack on a hotel in Mali’s capital in late 2015 in which 20 people were killed.

This is a developing story.

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