Armed Islamic radicals screaming “Allah Akbar” have taken over a hotel in Mali, holding dozens of hostages and killing at least 3.
Mali, an African country, has strong links with France.
According to Fox 17:
“The Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako, Mali, where gunmen held 170 hostages Friday, is run by a big, global company with more than 1,300 hotels around the world.
The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, which has corporate headquarters in Minneapolis and Belgium, describes its Bamako location as an “elegant hotel in Mali’s fastest growing city.” The hotel has 190 rooms and suites.
The company said Friday that it was aware of the developing situation in Mali. In a statement, it said that two people were holding 140 guests and 30 employees hostage at the hotel.
After several hours, at least 80 of the hostages had been freed, according to the country’s state broadcaster, ORTM.
Mali is a former French colony in west Africa with a population of roughly 15 million. Its capital is Bamako.”