Gunmen attack hotel in Mali's Bamako
Nov 20, Bamako: A five-star hotel in Mali's capital Bamako was attacked by gunmen on Friday, witnesses said. Police said that it was an attempt to take hostages.
Attackers started a shooting rampage inside the Radisson Blu Hotel in the centre of the capital, security sources told the AFP news agency. Four soldiers, five UN workers, and four attackers were killed in the attack.
Two people were holding 170 guests and staff hostage in the hotel, the hotel said. "It is all happening on the seventh floor, jihadists are firing in the corridor," an unnamed security official was quoted as saying.
Automatic weapon fire could be heard from outside the 190-room hotel, where security forces set up a security cordon. The shooting follows a 24-hour siege and hostage-taking situation at another hotel in August in the central Malian town of Sevare Al Jazeera reported.
Armed groups have continued to wage attacks in Mali despite a June peace deal between former Tuareg rebels in the north of the country and rival pro-government armed groups.
The Oslo Times