Al-Qaeda affiliated group claims responsibility for Mali hotel siege
Malian security forces escort a hostage freed from the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako, November 20, 2015. (AFP/File)
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An African Jihadist group affiliated with al-Qaeda claimed responsibility on Friday for the attack and ongoing hostage-taking at a business hotel in the Malian capital Bamako, according to Reuters.
Al-Mourabitoun, a group based in northern Mali and made up mostly of Tuaregs and Arabs, posted a message on Twitter saying it was behind the attack on the Radisson Blu hotel, where hostages are still being held.
The claim could not immediately be verified.
French special forces have arrived at the Mali hotel where the siege is currently ongoing.
A defence ministry statement read over the telephone to Reuters said: "The unit has been asked to help Malian security forces with regard the ongoing Bamako hotel Radisson hostage situation."
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