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LIVE: Foreign Office Stop Travel To Mali After Gunmen Storm Hotel

The Radisson Blu Hotel in Mali’s capital, Bamako, came under attack at 7am by gunmen shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’. There are reported to be 170 hostages inside with the Foreign Office now warning against all but essential travel to Mali.
Words: Grace Faulkner and Eireann Beardon, Subeditor, Tessa Ross

A hotel in Bamako, capital of Mali under attack. Source: Google maps.
A hotel in Bamako, capital of Mali under attack. Source: Google maps.

Reportedly, up to 10 gunmen have taken 140 guests and 30 employees hostage with armed police surrounding the hotel. Some hostages are said to have been freed after being able to recite verses from the Koran. The U.S. Embassy has tweeted advising all U.S. citizens in Mali to stay indoors and they are working closely with security services.

Follow the story here:

3:43pm, 18 people reported dead at the Radisson Blu Hotel

 3:36pm, all hostages now released

 

2:16pm, 25 U.S. special forces personnel aiding the Malian police

12:37pm, what we know: Report from CNBC Now

12:21pm, French police units have been deployed to France

11:46am, special forces storm Radisson hotel

11:37am, only essential travel to Mali should be taken

11:15am, Gurkha’s present in Mali on training missions

 11:04am, 50 hostages released 

11:03am, gunmen thought to be Islamic extremists

10:55am, more hostages released in Mali

10:55am, witness films hostage situation (video)

10:50am, hostage details released

10:20am, attackers attempt to only release Muslim hostages

10:10am, Brits may be among those captured in Mali

9:57am, reports suggest the gunmen are targeting French nationals

9:39am, Sky News reports 10 gunmen have stormed the hotel

8:57am, reports of hostage deaths

France24 were first to break the news on Twitter:

 

 

 

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