Portugal says 1 of its soldiers killed in Mali terror attack

Gunmen have stormed a tourist resort in Mali popular with Westerners and two people are dead, the country’s security minister has said.Four attackers were killed at the scene, Security Minister Salif Traore told AFP, while 36 hostages were freed following the incident at the Kangaba Le Campement resort on Sunday afternoon, the majority of them French and Malian. The one victim that was killed had French-Gabon nationality, the other came from Angola, according to the Volkskrant.Mali soldiers entered the resort and an exchange of gunfire between the militants, who were estimated to number 3-4, and Mali security forces was reported as ongoing overnight.French troops and a 10,000-strong United Nations peacekeeping force have battled to stabilize Mali, a former French colony riven by ethnic conflict and plagued by dozens of armed groups. He said the situation is now under control at Campement Kangaba on the outskirts of Bamako.”Security forces are in place”, said Baba Cisse, security ministry spokesperson, in an interview with Reuters.Religious extremism in Mali once was limited to northern areas, although in recent years the jihadists have spread violence farther south, including a devastating attack on the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako in November 2015.BAMAKO, Mali (AP) – The Latest on the attack by Islamic extremists on a resort outside Mali’s capital, Bamako. Security forces who battled the gunmen at the site were continuing Sunday evening to search for the assailants who fled.It’s the second deadly attack in the West African country in as many days.In March the same year, a grenade and gun attack on La Terrasse nightclub in Bamako killed five people, including foreigners.The attack was blamed on terrorists but has not yet been claimed.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.Sunday’s violence came about a week after the U.S. state department warned of possible attacks on Western diplomatic missions and other locations in Bamako that Westerners frequent.In 2013, French troops succeeded in pushing Islamist and Tuareg rebel fighters out of swathes of the north which they had managed to occupy in 2012.