Hostage-taking in Mali hotel 'over' - as it happened

2015-11-20 19:45

All hostages in Mali have either been freed or have escaped, while two of the gunmen have been shot dead, according to reports.


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20 Nov 19:20

20 Nov 19:17

Malian state television is reporting that no more hostages are being held at a luxury hotel after a day-long siege by Islamic militants.

National broadcaster ORTM, citing security officials, said 18 bodies were found at the hotel so far and that no more hostages were being held.

It was not immediately clear whether the attackers were still inside. Gunfire continued into the late afternoon, and Malian army commander Modibo Nama Traore said operations were continuing. - AP

20 Nov 19:12
Gunmen are still holding out in the hotel  - Al Jazeera

20 Nov 18:50

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20 Nov 18:28
Reuters: Wounded civilians being evacuated from luxury hotel in Mali capital - security sources

20 Nov 18:28
Reuters: Two attackers involved in storming of luxury hotel in Mali capital killed - security sources

20 Nov 18:28

20 Nov 18:15
Reuters: UN peacekeepers on scene at Mali hotel saw some 27 bodies; information still preliminary and search of hotel continues - UN official

20 Nov 18:08

20 Nov 18:03

Gunmen who stormed a luxury hotel in Mali's capital on Friday and seized more than 100 guests and staff no longer have any hostages after a rescue operation by special forces, the government said.

"They currently have no more hostages in their hands and forces are in the process of tracking them down," security minister Salif Traore told a news conference following a stand-off of several hours at Bamako's Radisson Blu. - AFP

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20 Nov 17:49
Mali hotel gunmen 'holding no more hostages': security minister - AFP

20 Nov 17:40

UN deputy spokesperson Farhan Haq says UN "quick-reaction forces" have been deployed to the siege area at the Radisson Blu hotel and are supporting Malian and other security forces.

But he said that UN peacekeeping troops are not conducting operations.

He said the UN had a few staff members in the hotel at the time of the attack but they are all safely out.

Separately, the French Defense Ministry says a unit of French soldiers has arrived in Bamako in support of Malian security forces.

It did not specify how many soldiers were involved. France has 3 500 troops operating in Mali and four other countries in the Sahel region as part of a five-nation counter-terrorism operation code named Barkhane. - AP

20 Nov 17:34
18 bodies recovered from Radisson Blu hotel siege in Mali: foreign security source - AFP

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20 Nov 17:27

A US military official says at least six Americans have been evacuated from the Radisson Blu hotel.

US military personnel already stationed in the country have been helping take people from the hotel to safety.

Colonel Mark R Cheadle, a spokesperson for the US Africa Command, says the US military hasn't received any other requests for help responding to the attack, but that the United States will continue assisting the French with intelligence and surveillance in Mali.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls meanwhile is expressing his support for Mali, France's former West African colony, saying it is a country "that fights jihadism so bravely." - AP

20 Nov 17:09

20 Nov 17:03

France's national gendarme service says "about 40" French special police forces are taking part in the assault on the Radisson Blu hotel.

A spokesperson for the service, who was not authorised to be publicly named, said the forces are permanently based in Bamako, primarily to secure the French Embassy.

He said they are currently "playing a supporting role" alongside local security forces. - AP

20 Nov 16:54
Supporters of al-Qaeda-affiliated group claim responsibility for attack, hostage-taking in Mali - Twitter posting - Reuters

20 Nov 16:51

20 Nov 16:51

A spokesperson for the US Africa Command says US military forces stationed in Mali are helping to secure the scene of the hotel attack in Mali.

Colonel Mark R Cheadle says American military personnel "have helped move civilians to secure locations, as Malian forces work to clear the hotel of hostile gunmen."

US State Department spokesperson John Kirby says Americans "might be present at the hotel," and that the US Embassy in Bamako is working to verify this. - AP

20 Nov 16:40

20 Nov 16:35
French special forces reach Radisson Blu hotel in Mali where 125 guests, 13 staff are still being held hostage: defence ministry - AFP

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US special forces were helping in the effort to rescue hostages at a luxury hotel in the Malian capital on Friday, a Pentagon spokesperson said.

"Special Operations Command Forward-North and West Africa personnel are currently assisting hostage recovery efforts at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako," Lieutenant Colonel Michelle Baldanza said.

"US forces have helped move civilians to secured locations, as Malian forces clear the hotel of hostile gunmen." - AFP

20 Nov 16:27
The identity of the attackers are still not known - Al Jazeera

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According to reports four Chinese hostages have been freed from the hotel.

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Seven Algerians freed from Mali Radisson Blu hotel seized by gunmen: minister - AFP

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20 Nov 16:07

Gunmen were on Friday holding 125 guests and 13 employees hostage at the luxury Radisson Blu hotel in Mali capital Bamako, according to the hotel chain.

"According to our latest information 125 guests and 13 employees are still in the building," said the Rezidor Hotel Group. - AFP

20 Nov 16:02

Twelve Air France employees, who were staying at the Radisson Blu hotel in Mali's capital Bamako when it was stormed by gunmen on Friday, are in a "safe place", the company said.

"The whole of the Air France team is now in a safe place," a company statement said, indicating it was in "constant contact" with its team of two pilots and 10 cabin crew members. - AFP

20 Nov 15:55
Reuters witness says heavy gunfire has been heard from inside Mali hostage hotel - Sky News

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20 Nov 15:14
Mirror is quoting hotel bosses as saying 138 hostages remain in the building. Meanwhile , New Delhi officials have reportedly confirmed that 20 Indians are being held hostage.

20 Nov 15:00
The Malian president Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta has urged his people to remain calm - reports

20 Nov 14:59

Mirror reports that special forces have suffered two injuries, with attackers said to have taken hostages to the seventh floor.

The attackers are said to be armed with grenades.

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20 Nov 14:52
Reuters reports hostage freed from #Mali hotel says he heard attackers speaking English

20 Nov 14:48
French interior minister calls on EU to take counter-terror decisions - Al Jazeera  

20 Nov 14:46
Malian troops take position outside the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako. (Habibou Kouyate, AFP)

20 Nov 14:45
Malian security forces evacuate two women from an area surrounding the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako. (Habibou Kouyate, AFP)

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