At least five people were killed, among them a Frenchman and a Belgian, when armed persons attacked a nightclub in Mali's capital Bamako on Friday night.
The attack against the nightclub and restaurant La Terrasse in the lively Hippodrome district happened just after midnight Saturday. Among those killed were two people from Mali and two foreigners. Eight people were wounded in the attack, according to local sources. An intelligence agent reports that two people have been arrested.
Hospital sources said that a third european died after being taken to the hospital, but this is not confirmed, and the nationality is not yet known.
The French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Saturday morning confirmed that one of those killed was a French citizen. Meanwhile the Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders stated that it probably was a terrorist attack.
French President François Hollande calls the attack "cowardly" and promises to offer Mali more help. France already has over 3,000 troops deployed in West Africa to combat extremist insurgents linked to al-Qaeda.
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