Mali declares 10-day state of emergency after hotel attack

2015-11-21 15:31
Soldiers from the presidential guard patrol outside the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako, Mali. (Jerome Delay, AP)

Soldiers from the presidential guard patrol outside the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako, Mali. (Jerome Delay, AP)

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Bamako - Mali's government declared a 10-day nationwide state of emergency on Friday evening after a jihadist attack on a hotel in the capital Bamako that left least 27 people dead.

Following a crisis cabinet session presided over by President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita the government "declared a state of emergency across the nation" starting at 00:00 on Friday for 10 days, a statement read on national radio said.

It also called for three days of mourning for the victims of the attack, which was claimed by the al-Murabitoun group of notorious Algerian militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar in an audio recording broadcast by Al-Jazeera television.

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