Hostage-taking at Mali hotel ended - military sources

2015-08-08 10:10

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Bamako - Malian armed forces on Saturday ended a hostage-taking at a hotel in the centre of the country that left at least seven people dead, military sources told AFP.

The military operation at the Hotel Byblos in Sevare that is popular with UN staff "has ended and the hotel has been cleared", one of the sources said.

A number of hostages were freed overnight, and at least five foreigners evacuated from the site, Malian military sources have said.

The hotel was stormed by the armed men in an attack on Friday. Among the dead was a UN contractor.

"We cannot say that everything is finished, but a number of hostages" were freed by Malian forces deployed around the Hotel Byblos in Sevare, a source had said early on Saturday, according to the AFP news agency.

The attackers had stormed the hotel, frequented by foreign visitors and troops, in Sevare about 620km northeast of Bamako, the capital, at around 07:00 on Friday, according to the government.

Malian forces cordoned off the area but their efforts against the gunmen were made "sensitive" by the presence of hostages, explained a military source.

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