3 Dead & 80 People Freed After Gunmen Take 170 Hostage At Hotel In Former French Colony Of Mali — Details Here
On Friday morning, a reported 10 Islamist gunmen took 170 people hostage at the Radisson Blu hotel in Mali's capital, Bamako.
The gunmen stormed the U.S.-owned hotel — which is used quite often by foreign businesses as well as airline crews — around 7 a.m (2 a.m. EST) firing and shouting "Allahu Akbar" which translates to "God is great" in Arabic.
Shortly after two armed men locked 140 guests and 30 employees in at the hotel, 80 were freed. A security source has said that some people being held hostage were let go if they were able to recite verses of the Koran.
Sadly it's being reported that there have been three deaths so far in the attack.
A spokesperson for India's Ministry of External Affairs has addressed the situation and said