At least 27 people were reported dead on Friday after Malian commandos stormed a hotel in Bamako, Mali, seized by Islamist gunmen to rescue 170 people, many of them foreigners, trapped in the building, Reuters reports.
The jihadist group Al Mourabitoun, allied to al Qaeda claimed responsibility for the attack. The police said two militants were killed. But the security ministry said gunmen continued to hold out against special forces on the top floors of the seven-floor building.
“The attackers no longer have hostages. They are dug in the upper floors. They are alone with the Malian special forces who are trying to dislodge them,” spokesman Amadou Sangho said.
A U.N. official said U.N. peacekeepers searching the hotel had made a preliminary count of 27 bodies.
Earlier today, Malian commandos stormed a luxury hotel in Bamako on Friday after Islamist gunmen took 170 hostages.
It happened a week after deadly attacks in Paris, when 129 people were killed, 350 injured.