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'No more hostage' in Mali hotel

November 20, 2015 5:48 pm

Suspected Islamist gunmen who stormed a hotel in Mali’s capital, Bamako, have “no more hostages”, officials say.

The Radisson Blu Hotel was stormed by special forces after gunmen entered it and seized 170 people, many of them foreign guests.

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and its offshoot al-Murabitoun said they carried out the attack, according to an agency used by jihadists in the region.

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An unnamed UN official has said at least 27 people have been killed.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said 12 bodies were found in the basement and 15 bodies were found on the second floor.

It is not clear if this includes two of the attackers who are reported to have died.

Special forces are said to be still battling some gunmen in the hotel.

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