Several media outlets are reporting that unidentified gunmen killed four guests of the Le Campement resort, located just outside Mali’s capital of Bamako.
Earlier this month, the U.S. Embassy in Bamako issued a travel warning on its website, saying there was an increased security threat to Westerners, according to CNN. The resort is said to be popular among Western expatriates.
On Sunday, CNN was reporting that two of the three attackers were also killed, and the third gunman was missing after the attack, but according to the latest Reuters report, Security Minister Salif Traore told Radio France International on Monday that "five terrorists were killed" in operations that continued throughout the night.
According to Reuters, security forces backed by French and U.N. troops mobilized quickly when the attack was underway, rescuing 36 residents including 13 French citizens.
The country's security has gradually worsened since 2013, when French forces repelled allied Islamist and Tuareg rebel fighters who had seized control of much of the north, according to BBC News. French troops and a 10,000-strong force of U.N. peacekeepers have been battling to stabilize the former French colony, according to that report.
Le Campement is located roughly seven miles from the airport.