Reportedly, the United Nations has reported that following a hostage takeover by Al Qaeda at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, the capital of Mali in Malian has come to a terrifying end by the grueling sight of at least 27 bodies. It is unknown at this time if the dead were hotel staff members or guests. However, a half of dozen American tourists were set free. Apparently, nearly a dozen armed men entered the hotel with guns blazing and throwing grenades early Friday morning while shouting in Arabic, “Allah Akbar” which translates to “God is great.” Similar phrases were yelled out last week during the suicide bombers just before detonation. A militiaman group identified as Al-Mourabitoun, has taken to social media claiming responsibility while Al Qaeda is also admitting responsibility for the terrorist attack on the hotel located in Brussels. The hotel is believed to have had 30 employees working and 140 guests checked into the hotel at the time of the seizure. Al-Mourabitoun was responsible for taking credit of a 2013 terror attack on an Algerian gasoline plant where 3 Americans and 37 locals were murdered.
The US Embassy, national security adviser, Susan Rice believes that there is still the possibility of an active-shooter cinero in the hotel suggesting that more terrorists linked to the hostages takeover could still be on the loose. Also reported by FoxNews that in August of this year, the US Embassy issued a warning to Americans that there was a greater security risk to Americans in southern Mali and Bamako city. Some witnesses reported the terrorists speaking in Arabic while others claimed that they were also speaking in English.
A French spokesperson for the presidency advised that French citizens were believed to be held hostages at the hotel as well. A spokesperson in Belgium, Foreign Minister Didier Reynders also claimed that four of the hostages at the hotel were Belgians citizens. A spokesperson for China also reported that there were 10 Chinese citizens held hostage at the hotel, along with 5 crew members of a Turkish Airline held hostage.
It is believed that more than 50 special forces’ police officers were enroute from Paris to Bamako to help take back the hotel and free the remaining hostages. The Netherlands also have special forces on standby to hep with the United Nations in Mali.It is unknown at this time if more lifeless hostages are in the hotel or if all of the terrorists have been caught or killed; or if this is just the beginning of something even larger,
The Hotel has added a Press Release Statement to their website:
“WE ARE CLOSELY FOLLOWING THE HOSTAGE-TAKING INCIDENT THAT IS TAKING PLACE AT THE RADISSON BLU HOTEL, BAMAKO / MALI TODAY, 20TH NOVEMBER 2015. ACCORDING TO OUR LATEST INFORMATION 124 GUESTS AND 13 EMPLOYEES ARE STILL IN THE BUILDING. OUR HIGHEST CONCERN IS THE SAFETY OF ALL OUR GUESTS AND EMPLOYEES IN THE HOTEL. WE ARE IN CONSTANT CONTACT WITH THE AUTHORITIES THERE AND WILL SHARE FURTHER INFORMATION WITH YOU WHEN WE HAVE IT. WE HAVE ESTABLISHED DEDICATED PHONE LINES TO SUPPORT THE FAMILIES OF GUESTS AND EMPLOYEES, AS WELL AS A MEDIA ENQUIRY LINE. PLEASE REFER TO THE NUMBERS BELOW:
FAMILY INFORMATION LINE: 0 800 940 164 (TOLL FREE IN FRANCE) + 33 1 70 83 74 37 (INTERNATIONAL) MEDIA INFORMATION: +33 1 56 03 12 74″