World Bulletin / News Desk
Gunmen stormed a hotel hosting an EU military training mission in Mali's capital, before one was killed by security guards, the government and a mission source said.
Four attackers stormed the hotel owned by Mali's "Azalai" chain at around 1830 GMT, the EU mission source said, before they escaped under return fire from security guards.
"Four people tried to force their way through the barricade firing shots," the European Union Training Mission-Mali (EUTM) source told AFP.
"One of the four was neutralised, we are searching for the three others."
Police showed AFP a photo they said was of the dead attacker, who was pictured wearing blue jeans and slumped in a pool of his own blood.
A Malian security source said troops were hunting a possible suicide bomber thought to be "in the vicinity of the EUTM headquarters".
Minister of Internal Security Salif Traore said two suspects had been arrested and forces were securing the area, in the same upmarket neighbourhood as the Radisson Blu hotel where 20 people were killed by jihadists in November.
"One of the attackers was killed... We are checking the bag he was carrying, which could contain explosives, and security forces are also doing their job," he said on television.
"Two suspects were arrested. They are about to be questioned. Operations are continuing on the ground," he said, adding that there were thought to be "two or three" attackers.
The area was cordoned off and armoured vehicles belonging to the UN and Malian military were on the scene, where an operation to find the escaped gunmen was still ongoing.
"I heard heavy gunfire behind the hotel. Then Malian troops blocked off the area," a witness told AFP.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Mart 2016, 09:08