Gunmen that have taken over 170 people hostage inside the Radisson Blu Hotel in Mali’s capital, Bamako have successfully escaped leaving a total of 18 dead bodies and 152 alive.
The hotel chain said two armed men have locked in 140 guests and 30 employees.
Security operatives in front of the hotel
Earlier this morning, unknown gunmen shouted “Allahu Akbar” which means “God is Great” in Arabic as they stormed the Radisson Blu hotel – an upscale lodging with a swimming pool and spa in Mali’s capital, Bamako.
A witness identified as Amadou Keita, who works at a cultural center close by, said the men came in a diplomatic vehicle this Friday morning, firing as they entered the hotel and that gunshots went on for several long minutes.
A tweet from the office of Mali’s president says that
“Bamako’s Radisson Blu hotel has been attacked this morning by armed assailants who are holding 170 people hostage”.
Malian soldiers with help from U.N. troops have the hotel surrounded.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the incident but after the incident it was found out that they were just Gunmen.
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