Malian forces search for al-Qaeda affiliated militants connected to hotel attack

Published November 22nd, 2015 - 10:05 GMT

BBC reports that Malian forces are searching for three al-Qaeda affiliated militants connected to the hotel attack on November 20, in which 19 people were killed.

On Friday, gunmen stormed the Radisson Blu Hotel in the Malian capital Bamako and took 170 people hostage. The gunmen used a stolen car with diplomatic plates to enter the hotel compound, then opened fire. They immediately killed the guards and injured several other people. 

According to BBC, the hostage situation lasted for a few hours before Malian and French special forces, and off-duty US servicemen launched a counter-attack.

Eyewitness accounts vary, with between two to thirteen militants reported at the hotel. At least two of the hostage-takers were killed by special forces

The al-Qaeda affiliate group in Mali, al-Murabitoun, claims responsibility for the attack. In August, they carried out a similar attack on a hotel in Sevare, in northern Mali, in which 13 people were killed.

Mali is under a 10-day state of emergency.

 


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