US says Mali hotel siege over
Nov 21, Bamako: United States officials said that the attack by suspected Islamist militants who took 170 people hostage at Raidsson Blue Hotel in Malian capital Bamako is now over.
A breakaway faction from Al-Qaeda from the country has taken the responsibiity for the attack. Mali said there were no more hostages at the hotel. The attack had killed 21 people, among them two were the attackers. Seven others were wounded.
President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who had to cut-short his trip to Chad for a regional summit, has declared a state of emergency on Saturday and a three-day mourning.
Attackers started a shooting rampage inside the hotel. Four soldiers, five UN workers, and four attackers were expected to have been 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. Friday's reports said that 27 people had died.
The Oslo Times