Gunmen seize 170 hostages at Radisson hotel in Mali capital

London (AFP): Gunmen went on a shooting rampage at the luxury Radisson Blu hotel in Mali’s capital Bamako today, seizing 170 guests and staff in an ongoing hostage-taking, the hotel chain said.

Automatic weapons fire could be heard from outside the 190-room hotel in the city-centre, where security forces have set up a security cordon, an AFP journalist said.


Security sources said 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 told AFP.

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.

The Rezidor Hotel Group, the US-based parent company of Radisson Blu, said two people were holding 170 people hostage.

The company said it was “aware of the hostage-taking that is ongoing at the property today, 20th November 2015. As per our information two persons have locked in 140 guests and 30 employees”.

It added in a statement: “Our safety and security teams and our corporate team are in constant contact with the local authorities in order offer any support possible to reinstate safety and security at the hotel.”

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”.


  1. “Islamist groups have continued to wage attacks in Mali”

    Not to worry, we have a “learned Shaikh’s” in our forum who has left for Mali, and I assure the hostages they have nothing to worry, nothing to fear. For when the terrorist come face to face with the “Shaikh” he will very sternly remind them that “Islam is a religion of Peace”. Then you could now see the sheer embarrassment on their faces, as they quickly lay down their weapons apologizing to all the hostages and freeing them all.

    Through our countless Muslim friends we all sure that “Islam is a religion of Peace”, but the question that beats us all is, why don’t these gun trotting terrorists know that? I would guess they don’t watch Zakir Naik’s Peace TV.

  2. Peaceful acts everyday with hundreds dead and wounded. Meanwhile, let’s reserve all of our energy to talk about ‘Hindu intolerance’ or even better, a couple from Goa who couldn’t have dinner at their favorite restaurant, instead had to settle for a restaurant at another LUXURY hotel!!!! Oh well…

    • Original R.Pai – “Peaceful acts everyday with hundreds dead and wounded.”




    • Meanwhile, let’s reserve all of our energy to talk about ‘Hindu intolerance’ … Mr. RampaNNA

      The ONLY chap who is “reserving” his energy to talk about “intolerance” is YOU, ya Rampa. And I don’t know from where the word “Hindu” came from. My best bet is – it came from the bottomless pit of your dhogla chaddi.

      I guess this is the norm when our Rampa is a closet atheist. He HAS to bring in words/phrases such as Sanathana Dharma, Brahmana and his beloved Samskrutam EVEN when an ant develops flatulence or a rat has colic.

      The inexplicable part is – there he is sitting quite smug in some Western land and accuses others of having “western masters”. What a cracker of a joke. 🙂

  3. Françafrique: The evolution of France’s interference in Africa

    French President Francois Hollande On Tuesday offered to organize an international meeting on tackling jihadist group Boko Haram that has killed thousands in Nigeria. This initiative is the latest move to increase French contribution and influence over the continent after recent visits to Angola, Cameroon and Benin.

    Last month, in an uncanny coincidence, Charles Pasqua passed away two days before Francois Hollande’s first visit to Luanda. The former Gaullist interior minister was the eminent protagonist of the Angolagate arms deal and corruption scandal so emblematic of the collusion of interests and French interference into African affairs last century, labeled as Françafrique.
    “Airports are supposed to be the world’s most secured places and security measures in airports are always at their highest, so a bomb planted on a plane via an airport is a serious security drawback,” he wrote. “The places targeted in Paris were not government facilities, and as for the stadium, terrorists could not reach it because of security precautions.”

    The international community of double standards when dealing with the two incidents. “The world did not treat Egypt like it treated France despite the fact that they are both victims of terrorism,” It seemed normal for travel restrictions to be applied to Egypt and not France. “It is also important to keep into consideration that Russians died on Egyptian soil, so this involves a third party, while this is not the case with France, where French civilians died in the French capital. It was, therefore, normal that the world sympathized with Russia and France, while Egypt took the blame.“The world did not treat Egypt like it treated France despite the fact that they are both victims of terrorism,” adding that while world powers totally supported France, Egypt was presented as the culprit rather than the victim. “No airlines were stopped from flying to France and no country evacuated its citizens from Paris as was the case in Egypt.”

    The Paris attacks highlighted the injustice done to Egypt when focusing on the shortcomings of its security system. “Now, Egypt doesn’t need to defend itself and convince the world that terrorism can target any place and that nowhere in the world is safe no matter how secure it might seem,”. “ISIS is capable of gunning down a plane in Sinai in the same way it can target a stadium in Paris. The same applies to airports and all vital and public facilities.”

    That Egypt’s position will be better after the Paris attacks: “The West didn’t change its view on the Russian plane crash following the Paris attacks, since its discourse on Egypt remained focused on the possible mistakes committed by Egyptian security, while showing full support for France in fighting terrorism.”

    Are those terrorist attacks carried out for a single entity or several ones? Is ISIS working for itself only? Or are its cluster networks and lone-wolves being used by different, possibly conflicting, entities?”

    The magnitude of both incidents necessitated a thorough investigation into the movements of ISIS members: “It’s important to know, for example, how they got the weapons they used, how they planned, and how come they weren’t intercepted.”

    Is the French Invasion of Mali tied to a Colonial War for Uranium?

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    Today the whole world stand with French solidarity. Will it take equal stand forgetting colonial brutality and threat is facing from terrorism,hunger and poverty?

    Jai hind

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