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http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/nov/20/gunmen-take-hostages-radisson-hotel-mali-bamako?CMP=twt_gu

Gunmen 'take hostages' in attack on hotel in Mali capital

 

Gunmen have attacked a Radisson hotel in Mali’s capital, Bamako, and were believed to be holding hostages, a senior source with the security forces and witnesses said.

 

“Very early in the morning there was gunfire. Apparently it’s an attempt to take hostages. The police are there and are sealing off the area,” the source said.

The raid targeted the Radisson Blu hotel, located just west of the city centre in a neighbourhood that is home to government ministries and diplomats, the sources said.

 

The US embassy in Bamako said in a series of tweets that it was aware of an “ongoing shooter situation” and advised its citizens to seek shelter.

 

https://twitter.com/ksnavarra

BREAKING: Reports of 170 hostages taken at Bamako Mali @RadissonBlu. Fierce gun battle as jihadis storm hotel with diplomatic car
4:16 AM

                  

https://twitter.com/SkyNewsBreak

Reuters: Security sources say Mali hotel gunmen have freed some hostages including those able to recite verses of the Koran
5:07 AM

 

 

https://twitter.com/AFP

BREAKING: Mali security forces escort two women from besieged Bamako hotel

5:07 AM

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"And the hits keep coming"!!

 

 

Prayers sent for the victims of THIS terrorist attack.

This is exactly what I was going to post, and I hate to put sarcasm with tragedy...we shorties must think alike, tho.

Prayers for all affected.  The families of the hostages must be sick with fear. 

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This is exactly what I was going to post, and I hate to put sarcasm with tragedy...we shorties must think alike, tho.

Prayers for all affected.  The families of the hostages must be sick with fear. 

I sometimes use sarcasm to fight sadness or frustration. It seems like this is a daily occurrence now. Very sad. 

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Z6VTM3WP_bigger.jpegAgence France-Presse @afpfr

Attaques à Bamako : des forces spéciales françaises présentes au Radisson Blue (ministère de la Défense) #AFP

French special forces are in the hotel

#BREAKING: Bombings near Baghdad Shiite mosque kill six: officials

 

 

#BREAKING: US special forces assist in Mali hotel hostage recovery: Pentagon

 

#BREAKING: US special forces help rescue "at least six" Americans in Mali: US official

 

 

#BREAKING: Eighteen bodies recovered from Mali hotel siege: foreign security source

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