Twelve dead as Mali hotel siege ends, hostages freed




 
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Twelve dead as Mali hotel siege ends, hostages freed
 
August 8th, 2015  
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Twelve dead as Mali hotel siege ends, hostages freed
By Emma Farge and Adama Diarra BAMAKO (Reuters) - Malian security forces on Saturday stormed a hotel used by United Nations staff and freed four hostages held there by suspected Islamist militants during a nearly 24-hour siege in which 12 people died. The gunmen had seized the Byblos Hotel in the town of Sevare, around 600 km (400 miles) northeast of the west African nation's capital Bamako, early on Friday and held off troops who quickly surrounded the building. The attack, far to the south of the Islamist militants' traditional desert strongholds, was the latest in what appears to be a growing campaign against Malian troops and U.N. personnel by remnants of an al Qaeda-linked insurgency.

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