Gunmen attack hotel in Mali capital Bamako

Published: Friday 20th November 2015 by The News Editor

Comments (0)

Gunmen have attacked a popular hotel in Mali’s capital Bamako with guns and grenades, authorities and a witness said.

A staff member at the Radisson Blu hotel said that the attackers used grenades in the assault.

The man, who gave his name as Tamba Diarra, did not have information on casualties or the number of assailants involved, but said he was not aware of hostages having been taken at the hotel.

The US embassy in Mali asked citizens to shelter in place amid reports of an “ongoing active shooter operation” at the hotel, raising fears of an attack by extremists.

Reports of gunfire surfaced on Friday morning on social media, though Lt Col Diarran Kone, an adviser with Mali’s defence ministry, said it is not yet clear what has happened.

Following a military coup in 2012, Islamic extremists took control of northern Mali, prompting a French-led military intervention in early 2013. The extremists were scattered from northern towns and cities, though the north remains insecure and militant attacks have extended farther south this year.

In March masked gunmen shot up a Bamako restaurant popular with foreigners, killing five people.

About 1,000 French troops remain in the country.

Published: Friday 20th November 2015 by The News Editor

Comments (0)

Local business search