Gunmen take 170 hostages in Mali Radisson Blu hotel

Islamic extremists have stormed a luxury hotel in Mali and taken 170 people hostage in an apparent terror attack.

Around 10 gun men have attacked a Radisson Blu hotel in Mali capital Bamako, and have taken 170 people hostage in what appears to be a terror attack, BBC reports.

In what has been confirmed by the hotel company, at least two private security guards were injured in the attack, the hotel’s head of security said. However, some hostages including those able to recite verses of the Koran have reportedly been freed.

Speaking earlier, the owners of the hotel where many foreign visitors stay, said at least 140 guests and 30 employees had been “locked in” by two raiders.

“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 raid on the hotel, which lies just west of the city centre near government ministries and diplomatic offices in the former French colony, comes a week after the Paris attacks which killed 129 people.

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