Gunmen attack EU mission in Mali where Irish soldiers are based

The mission is based in Bamako in Mali
The mission is based in Bamako in Mali

Gunmen have attacked the European Union military mission in Mali, police said.

Sergeant Baba Dembele from the anti-terrorism unit in the capital Bamako said it was believed some of the attackers had entered the luxury hotel where the mission has its headquarters.

The EU mission released a statement on Twitter saying no personnel had been wounded during the attack in the capital.

Witnesses have reported that  one of the gunmen was killed during the attack.

A spokesman for the Defence Forces said that all Irish personnel are safe following the incident.

There are 10 personnel stationed in Mali as part of the European Union Training Mission and just three of those are based in Bamako, the capital.       

Irish soldiers have been involved in the EU mission since February 2013 and the Chief of Staff recently visited troops stationed there on March 02.

It comes about four months after jihadis attacked the Radisson Blu hotel in Mali's capital, killing 20 people.

In January, other extremists attacked a cafe near a hotel popular with foreigners in Burkina Faso's capital, killing at least 29 people.

And last week it claimed responsibility for an assault on a beach in Ivory Coast leaving at least 19 dead.