DAKAR, Senegal — Two gunmen stormed a Radisson Hotel in Bamako, Mali, on Friday morning and seized 170 hostages, the hotel manager told Agence France-Presse.
A telephone call to the Radisson was answered, but only sirens wailing in the background could be heard.
“The Embassy is conscious of an ongoing active shooter operation at the Radisson Hotel,” the United States Embasy in Bamako said in a statement. “The U.S. Embassy employees has been asked to shelter in place. All U.S. citizens ought to shelter in place. Private U.S. citizens are encouraged to get in touch with their household. Monitor nearby media for updates. U.S. citizens need to adhere to the guidelines of regional authorities and monitor regional media.”
Northern Mali fell under the manage of Islamist militants in 2012, but a French-led offensive ousted them in 2013.
Remnants of the group have staged a quantity of attacks on United Nations peacekeepers and Malian forces.
In August, jihadists stormed a hotel in Sevare, north of the capital, exactly where United Nations employees members had been staying, seizing hostages and killing at least 5 Malian soldiers and a United Nations contractor.
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