Unidentified gunmen attacked the Nord-Sud hotel in Bamako. The hotel, which was converted into a military base for the European Union’s training mission for Malian armed forces (EUTM-Mali) is located in the ACI 2000 neighborhood in Bamako, Mali. The mission is currently under the command of German General Franz Xaver Pfrengle.
Security forces on the scene
Police forces were quick to arrive on the scene. The hotel is currently the headquarters of 600 EU military personnel appointed to Mali to train the local security forces. According to witnesses, there were four attackers and one of them was gunned down. The policemen, helped by the soldiers of the United Nations peacekeepers in Mali, are still searching for the other three assailants.
“The attackers tried to force through the entry and the guards posed in front of the entrance opened fire. One attacker was killed. The gunfire continued for several minutes,” one witness said.
For the moment, he is the only casualty. The EU’s Training Mission in Mali’s twitter account states that there are no casualties on its end:
There is no claim of responsibility for the attack yet, however, it could be linked to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), the terrorist group that attacked the Radisson Blu hotel last November and a beach resort town in Côte d’Ivoire in March.