Terror attack in Mali: Mali Hotel Attack
Published: November 21, 2015
Terror attack in Mali: Mali Hotel Attack, Malian security forces are hunting three suspects connected to the attack on a hotel in the capital, Bamako, on Friday, in which 19 people were killed.
Two militants were also killed, after special forces stormed the hotel, freeing dozens of trapped guests.
President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has declared a state of emergency and three days of national mourning.
Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and its affiliate, al-Murabitoun, said they carried out the attack.
Gunmen entered the upscale Radisson Blu hotel on Friday morning, shooting as their vehicle broke through a security barrier, one eyewitness said.
Most of the hotel guests and staff were later freed when Malian special forces, French special forces and off-duty US servicemen stormed the hotel to end the siege.
Image copyright Reuters Image caption Evidence of a gunfight can be seen inside one of the hotel bedrooms
Media captionRescued hostage: “I heard gunshots very early in the morning”
It is not clear if the suspects being looked for took part in the attack or are accomplices who helped the gunmen.
It is not clear how many gunmen too part. Eyewitnesses said up to 13 entered the hotel shooting and shouting “God is greatest!” in Arabic, however the company that runs the hotel, Rezidor Group, said on Friday that only two attackers were involved.
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