It’s getting so that you don’t want to turn on the TV news in the morning for fear of learning about another terrorist attack which is what the first thing most viewers heard today, Nov. 20. Yet another bloody terrorist invasion, just a week after the horrifying massacre in Paris, France is happening right now at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, the capital of the West Africa’s Mali where so far 10 people are believed dead and 140 hotel guests are being held hostage. A media statement issued by Rezidor’s (Radisson) CEO Wolfgang M. Neuman on the Radisson Blu website reads, “We are closely following the hostage-taking incident that is happening at the hotel. today Nov. 20. According to our latest. We are in constant contact with the authorities in Mali and will share further information as we have it.” The popular 190-room hotel, which attracts tourists, UN personnel and expatriates, was invaded by three heavily-armed terrorists, who arrived in a vehicle with a diplomatic plate and opened fire at 7 a.m. today according to sources such as eturbonews. US Embassy is warning citizens to follow instructions by local authorities and to monitor local media. The message sent out by the Spanish Embassy summarized the situation saying, “Explosion and shots fired at Hotel Radisson Blu in Bamako. Don’t move around the city”.
Live coverage of this massacre can be seen on CNN television or found at CNN’s web site which reports that, “Security forces launched a counterattack at the hotel and escorted guests out. By late Friday afternoon, no hostages were believed to remain in the building, though attackers still were inside, Malian army Col. Mamadou Coulibaly told reporters.” The attack, Saldago said, came as the hotel hosted diplomatic delegations working on a peace process in the landlocked country, a former French colony that has been battling Islamist extremists with the help of U.N. and French forces. Radisson has confirmed d that as many as 170 people of which 140 are guests and 30 are employees — had been there as the attack began.
Located west of the city center in the rapidly developing ACI 2000 district, the Radisson Blu Hotel, Bamako provides upscale lodging close to many government offices and business sites. The hotel also serves as one of the city’s most popular conference venues. This is not the first terrorist incident in Mali, In March 2015 five people were killed in a machine-gun and grenade attack on a bar in Bamako. If you have friends or relatives staying a the hotel you can call a family hot line that has been set up at 0-800-940-164 which is toll-free in France, or 33-170-83-74-37 internationally.