BREAKING! Hostages taken by militants attacking luxury resort in Mali…

There are early reports coming in from a luxury resort in Mali that militants stormed the place, shots were fired, and hostages are being taken.

That the resort is used by foreigners and UN employees follows the pattern of attacks by Boko Haram, an Islamist terror group.

This year a new terrorist group in Mali emerged from the shadows and is attracting growing attention. The self-proclaimed Macina Liberation Front (MLF), based in central Mali, has generated headlines with several attacks—most recently the siege in early August of a hotel in Sévaré used by United Nations employees that left at least 13 dead.

There is growing speculation, moreover, that the MLF represents a new Boko Haram, the Islamist insurgent group and Islamic State affiliate that has turned northern Nigeria into a war zone. The comparison has some merit, but in any case it is important to understand what the MLF is rather than rush to conclusions.

I’ll post with more details as necessary…

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