Gunmen attack luxury hotel in Mali capital, 170 taken hostage




 
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Gunmen attack luxury hotel in Mali capital, 170 taken hostage
 
November 20th, 2015  
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Gunmen attack luxury hotel in Mali capital, 170 taken hostage
By Tiemoko Diallo BAMAKO (Reuters) - Islamist gunmen stormed a luxury hotel packed with foreigners in Mali's capital Bamako on Friday, taking 170 hostages in a former French colony that has been battling rebels allied with al Qaeda for several years. The raid on the Radisson Blu hotel, which lies just west of the city center near government ministries and diplomatic offices in the former French colony, comes a week after Islamic State militants killed 129 people in Paris. Northern Mali was occupied by Islamist fighters, some with links to al Qaeda, for most of 2012.




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