1PM, Nov 20th, Pacific Standard Time (PST)
No more hostages, 10 bodies found. Hostage situation ends in Mali Hotel.
Assailants with guns blazing attacked a hotel hosting diplomats and others in Mali’s capital on Friday morning, leaving at least 21 people dead and trapping dozens in the building for hours, officials in the West African nation said.
Malian and U.N. security forces launched a counterattack at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako and escorted guests out. By late afternoon, no hostages were believed to remain in the building, though attackers still were inside, army Col. Mamadou Coulibaly told reporters.
Twenty-one people were killed, said Olivier Salgado, a spokesman for the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali. At least six people injured in the attack have been hospitalized, Mali Health Minister Marie Madeleine Togo told state broadcaster ORTM.
Video aired by ORTM showed security personnel leading people out of the building.
At least 18 people were killed on Friday after Malian special forces put an end to a hostage situation in a luxury hotel in capital Bamako.
There were no more hostages held at Radisson Blu hotel, said security minister Salif Traore, hours after gunmen stormed the hotel and held 170 people hostage.
Security sources said two attackers had been killed, but it remained unknown if the attackers were among the 18.
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