Security tight as Bamako mourns terror victims

2015-11-23 21:26
A newsstand in Bamako, Mali, three days after a deadly attack at the Radisson Blu hotel.  (Issouf Sanogo, AFP)

A newsstand in Bamako, Mali, three days after a deadly attack at the Radisson Blu hotel. (Issouf Sanogo, AFP)

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Bamako - Security was tight at major hotels and other public areas around Malian capital Bamako on Monday as the country started three days of mourning following an attack by Islamic militants at a hotel last week that left 21 people dead.

Flags flew at half mast and a minute of silence was observed at public buildings earlier in the day. Roads have been reopened and schools, banks, shops and services are functioning.

Radio and public television cancelled entertainment programmes and replaced them with shows broadcasting Muslim and Christian songs.

Foreign personalities have also begun to travel to Mali to present their condolences and express solidarity.

Malian authorities are searching for accomplices to the Friday attack, in which 170 people were taken hostage at the US-owned Radisson Blu hotel by a group claiming ties to terrorist group al-Qaeda.

Malian forces eventually stormed the hotel, resulting in the deaths of the two alleged hostage-takers.

Security vehicles remained deployed around the Radisson Blu hotel Monday.

President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita said on national TV on Saturday that 21 people died, among them two terrorists

The dead include six Malians, six Russians, three Chinese, two Belgians, one American, one Senegalese and two terrorists.

The mourning will last until midnight on Wednesday [00:00 GMT].

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