Mali Hotel Attack: 27 Dead With No More Hostages

Suspected Islamist gunmen who stormed a hotel in Mali’s capital, Bamako, have “no more hostages”, officials say.

The Radisson Blu Hotel was stormed by special forces after gunmen entered it and seized 170 people, many of them foreign guests.

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and its offshoot al-Murabitoun said they carried out the attack, according to an agency used by jihadists in the region.

An unnamed UN official has said at least 27 people have been killed.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said 12 bodies were found in the basement and 15 bodies were found on the second floor.

It is not clear if this includes two of the attackers who are reported to have died.

Special forces are said to be still battling some gunmen in the hotel.

One of the hostages killed was Geoffrey Dieudonne, a member of parliament in Belgium’s Wallonia region.

UN mission spokesman Olivier Salgado says he cannot yet confirm if the operation is over.

Security ministry spokesman Amadou Sangho said that some of the gunmen were still “dug in in the upper floors”.

“They are alone with the Malian special forces who are trying to dislodge them.”

The US-owned hotel is popular with foreign businesses and airline crews.

Eyewitnesses said the gunmen had entered the hotel shooting and shouting “God is great!” in Arabic. It is not clear how many attackers there were – there are reports of up to 13.