Mali Militants Kill Five in Club Attack
Machine wielding maniacs screaming Allahu Akbar launched a terrorist attack on a popular expat nightclub in Mali capital Bamako last weekend (Saturday March 7) killing two Europeans, two Malians and a policeman as they escaped.
Press reports described how a hooded heavily armed African gunman burst into the club at 1am on Saturday night and ‘fired indiscriminately’ at revellers before making his escape in a waiting car, driven by another gunman. The assassins then shot and wounded a Belgium man, as he stood outside his house, close to the club, next killing a policeman with a hand grenade as they made their escape.
The attack happened at La Terrasse bar and was presumed to have been carried out by ‘al-Qaeda-linked Islamist militants’, the BBC initially reported, while later press reports said Islamist group al-Mourabitoun claimed responsibility.
The attack, the first such incident in Bamoko, happened two years after Islamic fundamentalists launched a campaign to eradicate music in Northern Mali, after taking over the region in imposing harsh Sharia laws.
“Islamists have jammed radio airwaves,” leading Mali musician Khaira Arby (aka “the Voice of the North”) told the BBC in December 2012.
“They’re even confiscating mobile phones and replacing ringtones with Koranic verses”, he added