Gunmen suspected to be Jihadists have taken about 170 people hostage after
they attacked Radisson Blu Hotel, a five-star hotel in Mali's capital
Bamako this morning. The armed men stormed the hotel and started a shooting
rampage. "It is all happening on the seventh floor, jihadists are firing in
the corridor," an unnamed security official told AFP.
Automatic weapon fire could be heard from outside the 190-room hotel, where
security forces set up a security cordon. "The Rezidor Hotel Group ... is
aware of the hostage-taking that is ongoing at the property today.