UN Confirms 29 People Killed in Mali Siege, Including 2 Attackers

Friday, November 20, 2015
By Paul Martin


The death toll from the Mali hotel hostage situation has risen to 29, including two militants, according to the United Nations.

A UN official, speaking on condition of anonymity to the Associated Press, stressed that the operation is still ongoing, but that so far 27 bodies have been found in the building.

UN Mali spokesman Olivier Salgado also confirmed that two extremists were killed during the rescue attempt.

“They came to kill, not to take hostages,” Salgado said of the gunmen, according to ABC News.

Security forces are still moving from room to room, searching for additional casualties.

Militants took roughly 170 people hostage after storming the Radisson Blu Hotel in the capital of Bamako earlier on Friday.
Earlier reports indicated that five security officers were injured during anti-terror operations.

According to local media, an affiliate of the self-proclaimed Islamic State terrorist group claimed responsibility for the incident.

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