- Title: MALI-VIOLENCE Mali gunmen attack police post in capital
- Date: 13th August 2015
- Summary: BAMAKO, MALI (AUGUST 12, 2015) (REUTERS) + NIGHT SHOTS + VARIOUS OF POLICE VEHICLES AT SITE OF SHOOTING POLICE VEHICLES DRIVING AWAY POLICE VEHICLE PASSING PEOPLE STANDING ON ROADSIDE POLICE BUILDING AT BUS STATION SECURITY FORCES LOOKING AT BULLET HOLES FROM THE SHOOTING THROUGH THE POLICE POST SHUTTER/ MAN EXPLAINING TO THE POLICE WHAT HAPPENED VARIOUS OF MAN EXPLAINING TO POLICE AND OTHERS WHAT HAPPENED POLICE BERET ON TABLE INSIDE POLICE POST POLICE TAKING PHOTOGRAPHS VARIOUS OF MALI MINISTER OF SECURITY AND CIVIL PROTECTION SADA SAMAKE TALKING TALKING TO POLICE (SOUNDBITE) (Bambara) WITNESS, CHIBSY MAIGA, SAYING: "I was on my way out, and there were a lot of people when they (gunmen) arrived and started shooting in the air and everybody ran off. Then they went straight to the police post and fired shots at it. They came out again and fired more shots before disappearing." PEOPLE AND SECURITY FORCES AT SHOOTING SITE (SOUNDBITE) (Bambara) WITNESS, CHIBSY MAIGA, SAYING: "They (gunmen) have the same machine guns as these policemen here. They didn't fire at any civilian, they were aiming just at the police." INSIDE POLICE CAR DRIVING ON THE ROAD / AUDIO OF POLICE RADIO TRAFFIC POLICE SEARCHING VEHICLES AFTER THE ATTACK PEOPLE AND MILITARY PERSONNEL STANDING NEAR SHOOTING SITE
- Embargoed: 28th August 2015 13:00
- Location: Mali
- Country: Mali
- Topics: General
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Two officers were killed when gunmen wearing turbans opened fire on police posted at a bus station in the Malian capital late on Wednesday (August 12), security forces said.
Bamako residents said the area around the bus station was cordoned off by the security forces who searched cars along a main road nearby.
Mali's Minister of Security and Civil Protection, Sada Samake, went to the scene of the shooting to inspect the damages.
One witness said the gunmen were aiming just at the police.
"I was on my way out, and there were a lot of people when they (gunmen) arrived and started shooting in the air and everybody ran off. Then they went straight to the police post and fired shots at it. They came out again and fired more shots before disappearing," said Chibsy Maiga, a witness.
"They have the same machine guns as these policemen here. They didn't fire at any civilian, they were aiming just at the police," he added.
Militant group al-Mourabitoun, which is linked to al Qaeda, on Monday (August 10) claimed responsibility for a hotel siege in central Mali at the weekend in which 17 people died.
Mali's northern region has seen a resurgence of a number of attacks by armed groups as well as Islamist militants who briefly held the area until they were scattered by a French military intervention in 2013.
Malian authorities also blame a new armed group called the Massina Liberation Front for the growing number of attacks in the central Mopti region.
The United Nations has brokered a tenuous peace between Tuareg separatists and the government. At the same time, Islamists linked to al Qaeda and new militant groups appear to be mounting a campaign against the U.N. mission and Mali's military.
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