Mali EU Military Mission HQ Attacked By Gunmen, One Attacker Killed

Soldiers stand next to the body of a suspected militant outside the European Union military mission's entrance in Bamako

Soldiers stand next to the body of a suspected militant outside the European Union military mission's entrance in Bamako
OSINT SUMMARY, March 22, 2016

Gunmen on Monday 21st March 2016 attacked a hotel in Mali’s capital Bamako that had been converted into the headquarters of the European Union (EU) military training operations.

No casualties were reported among the mission’s personnel.

EU mission in Mali confirmed their establishment coming under attack on their Twitter feed,

The mission confirmed the attack on its official Twitter feed.

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According to Azalaï Hotels, which runs the Nord-Sud Hotel, later confirmed that the hotel was attacked with gunfire targeting The EUTM (European Union Training Mission in Mali) but the soldiers and security guards manning the establishment responded with fire killing one attacker.

Security forces whom included Malian Army Special Forces had cordoned off the crime area while clean operation was carried out.

Bomb expert also arrived at the scene to examine a sack that was being carried by the assailants for the possibility of containing explosives.

No one or group has claimed responsibility of the attack that began at 6.30 p.m. (1830 GMT) local time.

In the past few months the Al-Qaeda’s North African affiliate (Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) terrorist group) has increasingly targeted West African countries.

The European Union  mission was deployed as part of efforts to stabilize Mali, which saw Islamist militants, some of them linked to al Qaeda, seize its desert north in 2012.

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