'No more hostages' in Mali hotel attack after special forces raid

BY: BBC
ostages of many different nationalities had been seized by the militants

Malian officials say suspected Islamist gunmen who stormed a hotel in the capital, Bamako, have "no more hostages".

The Radisson Blu Hotel was stormed by special forces after the gunmen entered the hotel, shooting and shouting "God is great!" in Arabic, and seized 170 people.

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

At least three people have died and two soldiers wounded, officials say.

One of those killed was Geoffrey Dieudonne, a member of parliament in Belgium's Wallonia region.

The fate of the remaining hostages is not yet clear.

Mali's presidency has tweeted (in French) thanking the security forces and friendly countries for their support in responding to the attacks.

US special forces had helped in the hostage rescue operation. French special forces were also dispatched to the scene.

There is as yet no established link with the attacks in Paris one week ago that killed 130 people.