Malian troops take position outside the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako on November 20, 2015.
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Gunmen throwing grenades attacked Radisson Blu, a luxury hotel in Mali's capital Bamako early on Friday and seized about 170 hostages, a senior source with the security forces and witnesses said.
A Malian army commander told The Associated Press about 20 hostages have been released from Hotel. Military commander Modibo Naman Traore told The Associated Press that about 20 hostages were freed later in the morning.
BREAKING: Mali army commander says about 20 hostages freed from Bamako hotel seized by gunmen.— The Associated Press (@AP) November 20, 2015
|Terrified civilians run for their lives through the streets of Bamako after escaping the hotel siege|
According to Daily Mail, UK, several witnesses have claimed that the gunmen entered the hotel in a car with a diplomatic number plate before opening fire in the building. 'It's all happening on the seventh floor, jihadists are firing in the corridor,' a security source said.
Two Malians and one French national have been killed while three workers for Turkish Airlines and seven Chinese nationals are thought to be among the hostages. Three other Turkish Airlines employees have managed to escape from the hotel, Turkish officials confirmed.
A statement from Rezidor Hotel Group, operator of the Mali hotel, said that 140 guests and 30 employees had been locked in.
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PHOTO: Local on the scene in #Bamako took a photo of a wounded police officer. pic.twitter.com/xwjQA6Sqaa— Conflict News (@Conflicts) November 20, 2015
#MALI #UPDATE 80 hostages freed in #Mali hotel siege, local media report. pic.twitter.com/4ihddP5L5p— Terrormonitor.org (@Terror_Monitor) November 20, 2015