“We are closely following the hostage-taking incident that is taking place at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Bamako / Mali today, 20th November 2015. According to our latest information 125 guests and 13 employees are still in the building,” the statement said.
Fuerzas especiales de Mali entran en el hotel para acabar con la toma de rehenes.Imags que ofrece ORTM desde dentro. pic.twitter.com/mAPxs1bxIf— Juan Miguel Garrido (@Juanmi_News) 20 ноября 2015
The Malian Special Forces started storming the hotel. Paris sent fifty counter-terrorism officers to assist them. US special forces are also participating in the operation.
The Malian Special Forces freed about 30 hostages during the operation to retake control of the hotel.
Good news! All 20 Indians in the hotel in Bamako have been safely evacuated. Our Ambassador in Mali has confirmed. #MaliAttack— Vikas Swarup (@MEAIndia) 20 ноября 2015
"Our special forces have freed about 30 hostages and others were able to escape on their own," Col. Salif Traore stated, as quoted by the Jeune Afrique news website.
Four Chinese nationals were released, according to the China Central Television.
Earlier in the day, the broadcaster reported, citing the Chinese Embassy in Mali, that about 10 Chinese citizens were among those in the siege.
26 total American military personnel are in Mali, 6 Americans rescued from hotel. US joint special forces assisting, @USAfricaCommand says— Marcus Weisgerber (@MarcusReports) 20 ноября 2015
According to him, three hostages, all foreigners, were killed during the special forces’ operation.
The attackers arrived at the scene at the same time with a car with diplomatic plates but were not in it, the Malian authorities said. Earlier some media reported that the hostage takers came in that car.
"We're monitoring the situation," US President Barack Obama said when asked about the unfolding events in Mali.
Earlier in the day, several gunmen took 170 people hostages in the Radisson Blu Hotel in Mali's capital Bamako. According to French media, at least three people have been killed by the terrorists.