Jihadists have taken 170 hostages, killing 9 so far at the Radisson Blu hotel in Mali’s capital Bamako. The gunmen are reported to be releasing people that can recite verses from the Koran.
Breitbart reported that automatic weapon fire was heard from outside the 190-room hotel in the city-centre where security forces have set up a security cordon, according to Agence France Presse. Security sources told AFP the gunmen were “jihadists” who had entered the hotel compound in a car that had diplomatic plates.
“It’s all happening on the seventh floor, jihadists are firing in the corridor,” one security source said.
Malian soldiers, police and special forces were on the scene as a security perimeter was set up, along with members of the UN’s MINUSMA peacekeeping force in Mali and the French troops fighting jihadists in west Africa under Operation Barkhane.
French troops are believed to have been stationed at the hotel.
Further video footage appears to show Malian Special Forces helping hostages to safety in the vicinity of the hotel. There is a heavy police presence around the building and the security forces seem to have control of the entry points to the hotel.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) November 20, 2015
Breitbart earlier today: