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22 people killed in Mali hotel attack

Gunmen stormed a Radisson Blue luxury hotel in Mali's capital Bamako on the morning of 20 November 2015. At least 22 people were killed in the siege that lasted about 9 hours. Earlier, the armed Islamic extremists took about 170 people as hostages. Bamako serves as a logistics hub for French forces helping in a fight against Islamist insurgents. Al Mourabitoun, an Islamist militant group, claimed it was jointly responsible for the attack. The group announced it carried out the attack with al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. The attack was carried out in retaliation for government aggression in northern Mali.

The gunmen entered the hotel at 07:00 GMT. They arrived in a car with diplomatic plates.

According to the initial reports, the gunmen were about four or five at the beginning of the siege. Some captives were either escaped or released by attacks. It was learnt that those who were freed were able to recite a Muslim profession of faith. Among those released were five members of a six-member Turkish Airlines crew. Mali security forces and commandos surrounded the site. Two members of the Malian security forces were wounded by shots fired from the seventh floor of the hotel. The military had evacuated around 30 people from the hotel and taken to a nearby gymnasium.

All 22 Indians in the hotel were safely evacuated. A spokesman for the UN peacekeeping mission said that 21 people were killed. At least six people who were injured in the incident have been hospitalized.

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