Eighteen bodies removed from hotel as Malian special forces end siege

Ireland to decide in coming days whether to send troops to Mali

20th November, 2015
Eighty hostages now released. Pic: courtesy bbc.co.uk

Eighteen bodies have been recovered after a hotel siege in Mali's capital Bamako, according to reports.

Malian special forces stormed the Radisson Blu Hotel earlier today to end a siege by gunmen who had been holding 170 people hostage.

The gunmen stormed the US-owned hotel, which is popular with foreign businesses and airline crews, shooting and shouting "God is great!" in Arabic. The gunmen were also heard speaking English, a freed hostage told reporters.

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