Islamist Gunmen seize 170 hostages at Radisson hotel in #Mali

21 November 2015

18 dead in Mali hostage siege a week after Paris carnage

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20 November 2015

Gunmen seize 170 hostages at Radisson hotel in Mali capital

Supporters of Al-Qaeda-affiliated group claim responsibility for attack, hostage-taking in Mali — Twitter posting

UPDATE: 5 out of 7 crew members caught up in have been rescued

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Hostage freed from hotel in ‘s capital says attackers spoke English

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BREAKING: Supporters of al-Qaeda-affiliated group claim responsibility for attack in Mali. [Reuters]

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Commandos storm luxury Mali hotel attacked by Islamists, dozens freed via

Malian commandos stormed a luxury hotel in Bamako on Friday after Islamist gunmen took 170 people including many foreigners hostage in the capital of the former French colony, which has been battling rebels allied to al Qaeda for several years.

Dozens of people were reported to have escaped or been freed, but at least three were dead. A security source said the gunmen had dug in on the seventh floor of the hotel as special forces advanced on them. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

State television showed footage of troops in camouflage fatigues wielding AK47s in the lobby of the Radisson Blu, one of Bamako’s smartest hotels. In the background, a body lay under a brown blanket at the bottom of a flight of stairs.

 

: Around a dozen hostages from hotel seige freed by security forces

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hotel attack: Two Malian citizens and a French citizen have died – reports

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MALI LIVE: Gunmen release hostages from the hotel in

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– Mali hotel gunmen have reportedly freed some hostages, including those able to recite verses of the Koran, say security sources

BREAKING: Mali special forces storm the Hotel Radisson Blu

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A Malian minister has said that security forces are storming besieged Bamako hotel

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At least three hostages killed in Mali hotel siege, says minister: Agence France-Presse

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Unidentified men opened fire in the Radisson Blu hotel in the Malian capital of Bamako. Two Malians and one French citizen were killed, a UN official said.

“They have locked in about 140 guests and about 30 employees. So the hotel is locked down and there is no possibility to go out or come in,” NBC quoted the spokesperson as saying.

French citizens, including military and aviation employees, are among the hostages, the media reported. Six staff employees of the Turkish Airlines are being held in the hotel, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said. At least seven Chinese guests are among the hostages, according to Chinese media.

Later reports cited senior security sources as saying the 190-room hotel was held up by 10 assailants shouting the Arabic phrase “Allahu Akbar”.

– Mali security forces evacuate around a dozen hostages from the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako, Mali

VIDEO – Mali: shooting at Bamako Radisson hotel underway, 170 hostages taken

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November 20, 2015

BAMAKO (Mali) — Gunmen shouting Islamic slogans attacked a luxury hotel full of foreigners in Mali’s capital Bamako early this morning (Nov 20), taking 170 people hostage, a senior security source and the hotel’s operator said.

Automatic weapons fire could be heard from outside the 190-room hotel in the city-centre, where security forces have set up a security cordon, an AFP journalist said. “It’s all happening on the seventh floor, jihadists are firing in the corridor,” one security source told AFP.

Malian soldiers, police and special forces were on the scene as a security perimeter was set up, along with members of the UN’s MINUSMA peacekeeping force in Mali and the French troops fighting jihadists in west Africa under Operation Barkhane.

A security source said as many as 10 gunmen had stormed the building, firing shots and shouting “Allahu Akbar”, or “God is great” in Arabic. The Rezidor Hotel Group, the US-based parent company of Radisson Blu, however said two people were holding 170 people hostage.

http://www.todayonline.com/world/africa/two-people-holding-170-guests-staff-hostage-mali-hotel-company

UPDATE: At least 2 security guards injured at hotel, some hostages reported freed

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HOSTAGE SITUATION: Here’s a look at where it is taking place

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JUST IN: Jihadists launch shooting rampage in hotel, automatic weapons fire heard

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