175 hostages seized by gunmen at Radisson Hotel in Bamako

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Gunmen went on a shooting rampage at the luxury Radisson Blu hotel in Mali’s capital Bamako on Friday, seizing 170 guests and staff in an ongoing hostage-taking, the hotel chain said.Automatic weapons fire could be heard from outside the 190-room hotel in the city-center, where security forces have set up a security cordon, an AFP journalist said.
Security sources said the gunmen were “jihadists” who had entered the hotel compound in a car that had diplomatic plates.

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