Unidentified gunmen killed one person and wounded at least two others late on Wednesday in an attack on a hotel in the central Mali town of Bandiagara regularly frequented by United Nations staff and humanitarian workers, witnesses said.
Just two days ago, Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga visited Bandiagara and gave a speech in which he promised to defeat the Islamist insurgents who have plunged Mali’s central and northern regions into chaos. Five men approached the entrance to Bandiagara’s Hotel la Falaise on foot at around 9.30 p.m. (2130 GMT), removed rifles from beneath their flowing traditional robes and opened fire, several witnesses said.
“They were walking calmly and seemed normal,” said Bocar Karambe, a driver who was across the street from the hotel when the attack began. “Once they arrived in front of the gate, we heard the gunfire. When I turned around I saw they were shooting point blank at the people in front of the hotel,” he said.
At least three people, a soldier guarding the entrance and two hotel workers, were struck by bullets. The soldier later succumbed to…