Mali: At least 3 South Africans registered at hotel attacked by militants

2015-08-07 14:17
(Photo: file, AFP)

(Photo: file, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Bamako - Gunmen stormed a hotel in the remote centre of Mali on Friday in an ongoing attack that has left at least one person dead, military sources and residents said.

Malian troops were surrounding the Byblos hotel in the desert town of Sevare after what may have been an attempt to kidnap Western hotel guests, the military sources said.

At least five foreigners - three South Africans, a French national and a Ukrainian - were registered at the hotel, the sources said.

"The Fama [Malian armed forces] have sealed off the area... and the operation is still going on," one military source said, adding that a body could be seen lying in front of the building.

"We still don't know if the terrorists have been arrested. According to our information, they tried to kidnap Westerners but they didn't succeed," said one local resident contacted by phone by AFP.

Another resident said she had been woken early on Friday by the sound of gunshots. "The shooting is still going on but I don't know who is shooting," she said.

Sevare lies near the main regional town of Mopti, more than 620km from the capital Bamako.

Initial reports said that the assault targeted another hotel, the Debo, but the military source in Gao, the main town in northern Mali, said it was the Byblos that had come under attack.

"The army is trying to find [the attackers] and remove them," a Mali army official told AFP from Bamako, adding however that the operation was delicate because of the presence of guests in the hotel.

Read more on:    mali  |  west africa

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
12 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.