Mali leader to bestow medals on hotel assault victims

2015-11-26 07:34
File: AFP

File: AFP

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

Bamako - Mali's president announced on Wednesday that he would bestow medals on the 19 people killed during an assault at a luxury hotel in the capital last week, as funerals were held for three of its employees.

"All Malians are moved today," Ibrahim Boubacar Keita said while announcing the awarding of the National Order of Mali medals during an afternoon ceremony at a soccer field in Bamako.

The funerals were held on the final day of a three-day period of national mourning for those killed in the assault on the Radisson Blu hotel, the second attack executed by Islamic extremists in Bamako this year.

"I feel a deep pain," said Tenin Diallo, the aunt of slain 30-year-old Hawa Maiga who began working at the hotel last year. "She was the first daughter of my sister. The first daughter of a family is very important, like a third pillar of the family after the father and mother. She was born in my arms, and I gave her her first bath."

On Tuesday, Wolfgang M Neumann, president of the Brussels-based Rezidor Hotel Group that operates the hotel, said the hotel would re-open "as soon as possible."

Emergency support

In a statement posted on the company's website, Neumann said he had met with the families of the three employees who were killed and offered "immediate emergency support".

Neumann also met with injured hotel employees and the hotel's owner, Cesse Kome, according to the statement.

"We paid tribute to the colleagues we have lost, underlined our solidarity and our commitment to Bamako," Neumann said.

Officials have yet to identify the two assailants killed in the attack, whose photographs were broadcast on state media on Monday. The first Islamic extremist group to claim responsibility — Al-Mourabitoun, or The Sentinels — issued an audio recording on Sunday purporting to identify the gunmen, using names that suggested they were Malian.

Mali is home to a peacekeeping mission with more than 10 000 military and police personnel, established after a French-led military intervention in early 2013 drove Islamic extremists from the cities and towns they had overtaken in the country's north.

Germany's defence minister on Wednesday said the country wanted to send 650 soldiers to Mali to support the mission, which currently boasts only 10 German soldiers.

Read more on:    ibrahim boubacar keita  |  mali  |  west africa

Join the conversation! 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.

Inside News24


10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham

Here are just ten of our favourite plus-sized models:


You won't want to miss...

WATCH: Pornhub is giving users free access to premium content these holidays
5 top leg exercises for men
10 best dressed men of 2017
How to open a beer bottle without an opener
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


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 network.


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.