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5 killed in Mali restaurant attack

At least five people have been killed in an attack on a restaurant popular with expatriates in Mali's capital.

The victims included at least two foreigners, officials said.

France and Belgium condemned the attack at La Terrasse restaurant in Bamako and their foreign ministers each confirmed that one of their nationals had been killed.

Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders denounced the "cowardly act of terror" and France's Laurent Fabius said "everything must be done to find those responsible for this crime".

French President Francois Hollande's office said in a statement that five people had been killed and others injured and that security had immediately been tightened around French facilities.

The statement said the embassy had set up a crisis line to help expatriates in Bamako.

Mr Hollande said he will meet Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to show his support, as the Malian leader visited Paris to show his support in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January.

In a military operation in early 2013, French forces largely expelled al Qaida-linked militants from a vast area they had controlled in north-eastern Mali. The military operation in that region continues, and sporadic combat and clashes take place there. Violence has been rare in Bamako despite the continued upheaval in the north.

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