U.S. forces are helping with the rescue operation underway at the Radisson Blu hotel in the capital city of Bamako, NBC News reported.
Multiple reports have cited the hotel group that owns the luxury
property as saying 140 guests and some 30 staff were “locked in”
following the raid. Some guests were able to flee the hotel as the
gunmen rushed in. At least three people have been killed, The Associated Press reported.
A Malian army commander told the AP
that 10 armed attackers yelled “Allahu Akbar,” or “God is great,” in
Arabic before launching an assault with guns and grenades.
At least some of the guests in the hotel are believed to be from France and China.
The raid comes one week after a series of coordinated attacks across Paris left at least 130 people dead. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for those attack.
The identities and affiliation of the gunmen in Mali are not yet known.