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Over 20 Killed in Bamako Hotel Attack, President Says

© AP Photo / Harouna TraoreAn ambulance seen outside the Radisson Blu hotel, after an attack by gunmen on the hotel, in Bamako, Mali, Friday, Nov. 20, 2015. Islamic extremists armed with guns and grenades stormed the luxury Radisson Blu hotel in Mali's capital Friday morning, and security forces worked to free guests floor by floor.
An ambulance seen outside the Radisson Blu hotel, after an attack by gunmen on the hotel, in Bamako, Mali, Friday, Nov. 20, 2015. Islamic extremists armed with guns and grenades stormed the luxury Radisson Blu hotel in Mali's capital Friday morning, and security forces worked to free guests floor by floor. - Sputnik International
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Over 20 people were killed in the Friday attack in Mali’s capital, Bamako, President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita said.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – On Friday, several armed militants took 170 people hostage at Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako. Malian and UN security forces then conducted an anti-terrorist operation to free the hostages.

Keita said as cited by BBC on Friday, that over 20 people were killed in the attack. The president declared a national state of emergency in Mali.

Malian security forces evacuate two women from an area surrounding the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako on November 20, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Mali Declares 10-Day State of Emergency Following Radisson Hotel Attack
Earlier, ABC News reported that a 10-day state of emergency had been declared in the country.

Mali’s prosecutor told local media that at least 20 people were killed and seven were injured during the anti-terrorist operation at the hotel in Bamako.

The dead reportedly include two militants.

Local media previously reported that 27 people were killed in the attack.

An American citizen was among the victims, according to US officials.

The Al Mourabitoun Islamist militant group has reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was carried out jointly with al Qaeda.

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