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    Mali attack: gunmen take 170 hostages at Bamako hotel

    UN official tells CNN that three people killed in attack, as security sources say hostages who were able to quote the Qur’an have been released
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    Malian troops take position outside the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako after an attack by gunmen on Friday. Photograph: Sebastien Rieussec/AFP/Getty Images Matthew Weaver in London and agencies in Bamako

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    Gunmen have launched an attack on a Radisson hotel in Mali’s capital, Bamako, taking about 170 hostages.
    At least three people – two Malian and one French person – were killed in the attack, a UN official told CNN.

    UN official tells CNN that at least three people have been killed as gunmen take hostages at the Radisson hotel in Mali’s capital

    Malian army commander Modibo Nama Traore said 10 gunmen stormed the Radisson Blu hotel shouting “Allahu Akbar” before shooting at guards and taking hostages.
    Some hostages, including those able to recite verses of the Qur’an, were later released, security sources told Reuters. A security source told AFP that the gunmen were “jihadis” and entered the hotel compound in a car that had diplomatic plates.
    “It’s all happening on the seventh floor, jihadists are firing in the corridor,” AFP’s source said.
    The hotel is just west of the city centre in a neighbourhood that is home to government ministries and diplomats.

    In a statement the US-based Rezidor group, which owns the hotel, said 140 guests and 30 staff were being held hostage by two gunmen.

    “The Rezidor Hotel Group … is aware of the hostage-taking that is ongoing at the property today, 20th November 2015. As per our information two persons have locked in 140 guests and 30 employees,” the company said in a statement quoted by AFP.



    “Our safety and security teams and our corporate team are in constant contact with the local authorities in order to offer any support possible to re-instate safety and security at the hotel,” it added.
    The Chinese state news agency Xinhua said at least seven Chinese tourists were among those trapped inside the building. It has broadcast a 23-second video clip said to be filmed by one of the hostages:
    The US embassy in Bamako said in a series of tweets that it was aware of an “ongoing shooter situation” and advised its citizens to seek shelter.

    Northern Mali was occupied by Islamist fighters, some with links to al-Qaida, for most of 2012. Although they were driven out by a French-led military operation, sporadic violence continues.
    An Islamist group claimed responsibility for the death of five people last March in an attack on a restaurant in Bamako popular with foreigners.



    People flee from the Radisson Blu Hotel. Photograph: Harouna Traore/AP


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    I hope those people get out. I take small comfort that they aren't reporting a higher body count. But what would these terrorists want in exchange?
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    I just read on Reuters that the hostages are reporting they were released because they could quote verses from the Koran.

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    At least 27 people died today after 170 people were taken hostage at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Mali in West Africa, according to a diplomatic official briefed on the incident…

    A Belgian member of Parliament Geoffrey Dieudonné was among those killed, Belgium’s regional Parliament said. Dieudonné was training officials from Mali’s Parliament…

    There were 22 military and civilian U.S. Defense Department personnel in Bamako, including five at the Radisson Blu hotel at the time of the siege, according to a defense official. Everyone was accounted for and there were no reports of injuries, the official said…

    Freelance journalist Katarina Hoije, who was at the scene, told ABC News that, “this is a hotel popular with Westerners and also many agencies working here, among them the U.N. peacekeeping mission who has staff staying at the hotel regularly.”

    An al Qaeda-linked group claims responsibility:

    The militant group Al Mourabitoun, allied to al Qaeda and based in the desert north of the former French colony, claimed responsibility for the attack…

    Minister of Internal Security Colonel Salif Traoré said the gunmen had burst through a security barrier at 7 a.m. spraying the area with gunfire and shouting “Allahu Akbar,” or “God is great” in Arabic.

    The attacks are a slap in the face for France, which has stationed 3,500 troops in northern Mali to try to restore stability after a 2012 Tuareg rebellion which was later hijacked by al Qaeda-linked groups.

    The targets seem to be Westerners:

    Malian and U.N. security forces launched a counterattack at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako and escorted guests out. By late afternoon, no hostages were believed to remain in the building, though attackers still were inside, army Col. Mamadou Coulibaly told reporters…

    The assault began about 7 a.m., when two or three attackers with AK-47 rifles exited at least one vehicle with diplomatic plates and entered the hotel with guns firing, Salgado said.

    The attack, Salgado said, came as the hotel hosted diplomatic delegations working on a peace process in the landlocked country, a former French colony that has been battling Islamist extremists with the help of U.N. and French forces.
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    An al Qaeda-linked group claims responsibility:

    The militant group Al Mourabitoun, allied to al Qaeda and based in the desert north of the former French colony, claimed responsibility for the attack…
    Al Qaeda lately has become like the Jan Brady of international terrorism.
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    27 dead and counting....

    Here's the Mali flag for all the selective twitterati/FB mourners and sympathisers.



    If this had happened in Berlin or Baltimore this thread would already be up to 10 pages. Just saying.

    Edit: US State Dept says one American killed. There, it's relevant now.
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    #jesuisradissonblu #prayforhotel
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    Even in Mali, A*O, Westerners were the real target. So hardly any point in using the Mali flag. And of course if it had happened closer to home we would be talking about it more. It's something happening to your brother vs. something happening to your neighbour's third cousin that you've never met. How much would each event affect you?
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    Oh right, so it's only "relevant" if it affects me personally? This affects us ALL no matter where. If people can put a French flag filter on their selfies for a bunch of French people they don't know and never met, surely they can also show their compassion and solidarity for some murdered people in Mali too? Let's at least have some moral consistency here.
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    A*O, you are comparing apples and oranges here. It is 130 dead vs. 27 dead for one. It is right in Europe, in my doorstep to me vs. Africa. And for Americans or Australians or whatever who also did the flag thing on FB, it is simple human nature. Yes, when we can relate to the victims more, things affect us more and our reaction will be different. I personally didn't do the flag thing but people who did don't deserve your scorn and derision because they don't put a flag for every single disaster that happens anywhere in the world. It is their Facebook. You don't get a vote.
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