Islamists Attack Hotel In Mali: 27 Dead

Posted on Sat 11/21/2015 by

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Bolt New 01By Andrew Bolt ~

Yet another attack by Islamists. First reports on this said that it was ‘suspected’ that the attackers ‘might be’ Islamist because they were shouting Allahu Akbar. Hmm! Only ‘suspected’ that they might be Islamist:

20130425_radical_islam_shhh_LARGEAt least 27 people died today after 170 people were taken hostage at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Mali in West Africa, according to a diplomatic official briefed on the incident…

A Belgian member of Parliament Geoffrey Dieudonné was among those killed, Belgium’s regional Parliament said. Dieudonné was training officials from Mali’s Parliament…

There were 22 military and civilian U.S. Defense Department personnel in Bamako, including five at the Radisson Blu hotel at the time of the siege, according to a defense official. Everyone was accounted for and there were no reports of injuries, the official said…

Freelance journalist Katarina Hoije, who was at the scene, told ABC News that, “this is a hotel popular with Westerners and also many agencies working here, among them the U.N. peacekeeping mission who has staff staying at the hotel regularly.”

An al Qaeda-linked group claims responsibility:

The militant group Al Mourabitoun, allied to al Qaeda and based in the desert north of the former French colony, claimed responsibility for the attack…

Minister of Internal Security Colonel Salif Traoré said the gunmen had burst through a security barrier at 7 a.m. spraying the area with gunfire and shouting “Allahu Akbar,” or “God is great” in Arabic.

The attacks are a slap in the face for France, which has stationed 3,500 troops in northern Mali to try to restore stability after a 2012 Tuareg rebellion which was later hijacked by al Qaeda-linked groups.

The targets seem to be Westerners:

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…

The assault began about 7 a.m., when two or three attackers with AK-47 rifles exited at least one vehicle with diplomatic plates and entered the hotel with guns firing, Salgado said.

The attack, Salgado said, came as the hotel hosted diplomatic delegations working on a peace process in the landlocked country, a former French colony that has been battling Islamist extremists with the help of U.N. and French forces.

UPDATE

An American is among the dead:

The U.S. State Department said one American had been killed…. The Chinese state news agency Xinhua said three Chinese citizens had been killed in the attack.

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