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Gunmen killed 1 and hurt 2 others in an attack on a central Mali hotel

BAMAKO, Mali— Authorities in Mali have confirmed that gunmen killed one person and wounded two others in a deadly attack on a hotel frequented by international aid and relief workers and businessmen in central Bandjagara city.

Amadou Sangho, the interior security spokesman, said four gunmen entered the Hotel la Falaise late Wednesday, opening fire on a soldier standing guard nearby.  Sangho maintained that although the soldier fired back, he was killed later. Two civilians, including a hotel employee, were wounded in the process.

The deadly attack took place days after Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga visited Bandjagara, promising to defeat Islamic extremists and jihadist bent on installing Sharia law and Islamic authorities throughout West Africa.

Since the attack, no group has claimed responsibility for the incidence, though Islamic jihadists have persistently carried out attacks in northern and central Mali.

The hotel attack is the first of such attack in Bandjagara and the Dogon region which was once was a major tourist site but has since been overshadowed by jihadist violence since 2012.

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Paul Stevens

Paul Stevens is a researcher, media issues analyst and senior contributor with Globe Afrique.
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