At Least 27 Killed by Gunmen in Mali Hotel Siege; 20 Indians Evacuated Safely

Bamako: Gunmen who stormed a luxury hotel in Mali’s capital and seized more than 100 guests and staff today no longer have any hostages after a rescue operation by special forces, the Mali government has said.

“They currently have no more hostages in their hands and forces are in the process of tracking them down,” security minister Salif Traore told a news conference following a stand-off of several hours at Bamako’s Radisson Blu.


United Nations peacekeepers saw some 27 bodies on two separate floors of a luxury hotel in Mali’s capital Bamako that was attacked on Friday, a UN official told Reuters, citing preliminary information.

The peacekeepers saw 12 corpses in the basement of the hotel and another 15 on the second floor, the official said on condition of anonymity. He added that the UN troops were still helping Malian authorities search the hotel.

Earlier, all 20 Indians who were staying at the hotel were evacuated, the External Affairs Ministry said. The Indians who were rescued, work for an Indian business group based in Dubai and have a permanent room in the hotel.

The gunmen are believed to have entered the 190-room hotel around 0700 GMT in a car with diplomatic plates before seizing 170 guests and staff in a suspected Islamist hostage-taking.

Witnesses described “around a dozen” armed assailants, while security sources spoke of two or three “jihadist” attackers.

An African Jihadist group affiliated with al Qaeda has claimed responsibility. Al-Mourabitoun, a group based in northern Mali and made up mostly of Tuaregs and Arabs, posted a message on Twitter saying it was behind the attack on the Radisson Blu hotel. The claim could not immediately be verified.

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.

Attacks despite peace deal

The shooting at the Radisson follows a nearly 24-hour siege and hostage-taking at another hotel in August in the central Malian town of Sevare in which five UN workers were killed, along with four soldiers and four attackers.

Five people, including a French citizen and a Belgian, were also killed in an attack at a restaurant in Bamako in March in the first such incident in the capital.

Islamist groups have continued to wage attacks in Mali despite a June peace deal between former Tuareg rebels in the north of the country and rival pro-government armed groups.

Northern Mali fell in March-April 2012 to Al-Qaeda-linked jihadist groups long concentrated in the area before being ousted by an ongoing French-led military operation launched in January 2013.

Despite the peace deal, large swathes of Mali remain beyond the control of government and foreign forces.

The website of the Radisson Blu in Bamako says it offers “upscale lodging close to many government offices and business sites”, serving as “one of the city’s most popular conference venues” with “a stunning 508-square-metre ballroom and meeting rooms”.

Radisson Blu, an upscale brand of the Radisson hotel chain, has more than 230 luxury hotels and resorts worldwide.


  1. It has become a fashion these days for governments to not act on credible intelligence of terrorist attacks. After the attack they create a national-level paranoia and declare emergency. This emergency gives them an opportunity to pass all the laws that otherwise would not have been possible. In the case of Paris attacks for example, the French government using this emergency as an excuse has made 26 constitutional changes in the last 7 days which take so many of people’s rights away and not one soul is seen protesting it. Under normal circumstances this would have been impossible. Look at the snooping law passed in the US after 9/11. Do you see a pattern here? Isn’t it an easy job to manipulate people? Don’t be surprised if it happens even in India at the next opportunity.

  2. Look at the snooping law passed in the US after 9/11. Do you see a pattern here? Isn’t it an easy job to manipulate people? Don’t be surprised if it happens even in India at the next opportunity.-Mr.Henry James

    Sir,This is one of the most fearing facts were terrorism may used as a ‘false flag’ to defame one religion to make the voters leaning in favor of pro fanatical parties.

    The most Indian mass media has compared the Paris attack with 26/11 attacks on Mumbai.But none of them questioned about the progress of investigation of Late Hemant Karkare on ‘Saffron terror’.

    Those EU countries who shut their borders for refugees mainly Iraq,Syria,Afghanistan and participated in grand coalition with US once in the pretext of ‘finding weapons of mass destruction’,’axis of evil’,’war on terror’ only created more terror and left trail of destructions.None of Human rights organisation,Geneva conventions or Hague court jurisdiction is applicable to the Jr.,Sr.Bush and coalition who created more widows, orphans and maimed thousands turned “war of destruction”.The removal of dictatorship has only created vacuum to consolidate their position and run the weapons business flourishing pitting one another.

    In other words timing of these terror attacks such as Charlie Hebdo is just day before France has been expected to present a resolution on the Israel-Palestine conflict to the Security Council, where it is a permanent member with veto power.

    After Paris attacks, French leaders reposition for presidential race | Reuters

    The Paris attack served two purpose,Hollande, 61, a Socialist who is deeply unpopular due to high unemployment and economic stagnation, is using the advantages of incumbency to reinvent himself as a decisive war leader and a compassionate father of the nation.Secondly temporary halt for unwelcoming refugees surge.When US invaded Afghanistan post 9/11 attack as excuse,the colonial French will do the same to extend their new era started with Libya and Mali to reach Syria.

    The Buddha Gaya blast pre elections is one such example may be repeated pre 2019 Lok Sabha elections.The falling rating of PM Modi,economic slowdown,raising cost of living and two back to back debacle in state elections,which BJP badly wanted to increase its numbers in Rajya Sabha to pass controversial bills may revival saffron terror in new ‘Avtar’ which Indians need to fear.Babri Masjid,beef ban,love jihad,development,black money is giving low dividends,may increase the chances of more communal violence that may repeat of Mumbai or Coimbatore blast as reprisals.

    This is one of the worst fears Indians may face. In coming days BJP may even copy the PM Netanyahu re-elections to israeli senate a key element of “reverse-packaging” was campaigns that said voting for other parties would open the door to the “Islamist-appeasing” left.

    This is the only counter major to growing ‘intolerance’ in the country and revival of Modi’s political fortune.

    Jai Hind

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