Five killed in Mali jihadist nightclub attack

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BAMAKO: Five people including two Europeans and a Malian policeman died in an assault claimed by an Islamist group on a Bamako nightclub on Saturday (Sunday in Manila), the first attack targeting Westerners in a city braced for jihadist violence since 2012. At least one masked gunman entered the club popular with foreigners in the Malian capital around 1:00 am and sprayed the venue with automatic gunfire and threw grenades, witnesses said. A spokesman for Al-Murabitoun, a jihadist group run by leading Algerian militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar, claimed responsibility in an audio recording carried by Mauritanian news agency Al-Akbar, which frequently publishes what it says are statements from jihadist groups.

AFP

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