Gunfire has erupted at a luxury hotel in Mali’s capital Bamako on 20 November, according to reports. Gunmen have attacked the Radisson Hotel and taken several hostages, according to security sources and witnesses quoted by Reuters.
Other reports said that three people died in the shootout. The hostage situation is still ongoing. Security forces are on the scene, AFP reported. Meanwhile Nigerian Business tycoon, Aliko Dangote left the hotel the night before the hotel was attacked by gunmen.
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A security source told the agency that the attack happened on the seventh floor of the hotel, which has a capacity of 190 rooms and hosts many foreigners. “Jihadists are firing in the corridor,” the source said.
A spokesperson fro the Carlson Rezidor group told NBC news that gunmen took at least 170 people hostage at the hotel. “They have locked in about 140 guests and about 30 employees. So the hotel is locked down and there is no possibility to go out or come in,” the source said.
The chain said was working to establish the names and nationalities of those taken.
French RFI radio reported that three attackers arrived with diplomatic cars and started shooting in the hotel’s gardens before entering the building. An unconfirmed number of guards, clients and employers were allegedly killed in the shooting according to Jeune Afrique news site.