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China strongly condemns Mali hotel attack, confirms 3 nationals killed

Updated: 2015-11-21 15:38

China strongly condemns Mali hotel attack, confirms 3 nationals killed

French military personnels are seen outside Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako, Mali, Nov 20, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

On Friday evening, the Malian government declareda 10-day nationwide state of emergencyafter jihadists attacked a hotel in Mali's capital city, Bamako, and took 170 people hostage for nearly nine hours.

Attack ends

There were no more hostages held at Radisson Blu hotel, said security minister Salif Traore, hours after gunmen stormed the hotel and held 170 people hostage, many of them foreigners.

But security sources said Malian forces were in the process of securing the hotel as gunmen were still holding out inside the seven-storey building.

Security sources said two attackers had been killed, but it remained unknown if the attackers were among the 27.

The rescue operation by Malian special forces received support from MINUSMA, the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali, US and French troops.

The gunmen entered the hotel, which houses 190 rooms and sheltered 140 people of different nationalities, on a car with diplomatic plate, said Traore.

Some hostages succeeded in escaping by their own means while the majority of them were rescued by the special forces.

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