Al-Qaeda Coalition Claims Mali Hotel Attack That Killed Five

By Conor Gaffey

Malian security forces escort to safety hostages outside the Kangaba Le Campement in the outskirt of Bamako, Mali, on June 19, a day after suspected jihadis stormed the resort. A coalition of Al-Qaeda linked groups have claimed responsibility for the attack. FOTOTALA KING MASSASSY/AFP/Getty

An Al-Qaeda linked coalition of jihadi groups has claimed responsibility for attacking a tourist resort near Mali’s capital on Sunday and killing five people.

The Group to Support Islam and Muslims—a coalition that was created by the merger of at least four groups, three with well-known ties to Al-Qaeda—said in a statement that three of its “martyrs” had killed Westerners in the attack on the Kangaba Le Campement resort, which the group called a site of “debauchery,” AFP reported.

A total of five people, excluding the attackers, were killed in the attack. European Union foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini confirmed that two of the victims were EU staff—a Portuguese soldier and a Malian employee of the EU delegation in the North African country.

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