A terror attack is underway at a luxury resort frequented by tourists in Mali, with casualties and hostages reported.
Security forces said operations against an unknown number of gunmen at Le Campement, outside the capital Bamako, are ongoing.
“Security forces are in place. Campement Kangaba is blocked off and an operation is under way,” said Malian security ministry spokesman Baba Cisse.
A spokesperson for the government described the attackers as “suspected jihadis”, while the EU Training Mission in Mali described the incident as a terror attack and said it was assisting local forces.
An official from the UN’s Minusma mission said people had been killed and wounded but did not give a figure for the toll.
Officials from the French military mission in Mali, the EU and the UN were also at Le Campement this weekend, he added.
The rural resort – popular with Western tourists, expats and locals – offers luxury accommodation, a spa and three swimming pools, as well as running excursions and sports for guests.
Like the majority if hotels around Bamako, visitors undergo mandatory security checks by guards upon entry, according to online reviews.
Le Campement sits in Dougourakoro on the outskirts of the city, where the Radisson Blu hotel was the target of a previous terror attack that left more than 20 people dead in November 2015.