22 Killed at Hotel in Mali
At least 22 people have been killed in an attack on a luxury hotel in the capital of Mali.
Suspected Islamic gunmen held 170 people hostage at the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako on Friday. Malian officials reported that all hostages were rescued at the hotel within a few hours of the attack.
The New York Times newspaper and the Reuters news agency report that 27 people were killed in the attack. Malian officials say at least three of the gunmen have been killed.
The attackers shouted "God is great" before they opened fire.
The hotel is popular with international visitors, including United Nations workers. It is close to the airport.
Malian and U.S. Special Forces reportedly moved through the hotel to rescue the remaining hostages.
The U.S. military's Africa Command says the rescued hostages include six American citizens.
A VOA reporter on the scene said U.N. and Malian forces surrounded the hotel and blocked all roads to the building. She said she heard explosions and gunfire during the afternoon.
Earlier, people in the capital were urged to stay at home or work until the attack ended.
Officials say gunmen drove to the entrance of the hotel early in the morning in a car with diplomatic license plates.
The Reuters news agency says the gunmen earlier released hostages who were able to say parts of the Muslim holy book -- the Quran. The New York Times newspaper reports "the hostage takers had been releasing Muslims and continuing to hold non-Muslims."
Citizens of the United States, France, Nigeria and China were reportedly among those who had been held hostage.
Although not confirmed, an al-Qaida terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the attack. Mali has been fighting militants and radical Islamists for several years.
The attack in Mali shows the continuing threat to the country from militants in northern and central Mali.
In 2013, a French-led military force ousted Islamist groups from power in northern Mali. The groups had seized power in the north after the military ousted the civilian government in Bamako in 2012.
An attack in the capital in March on a restaurant popular with travelers killed five people.
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1.The hotel is popular with international visitors, including United Nations workers. It is close to the airport.
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2.Although not confirmed, an al-Qaida terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the attack. Mali has been fighting militants and radical Islamists for several years.
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周五，“伊斯兰国”组织的恐怖分子在马里首都巴马科丽笙酒店挟持了170名人质 。马里官员称，袭击事件发生几个小时后，所有人质都被成功解救了出来 。
纽约时报和路透社报道称，此次的袭击事件中有27人遇难 。马里官员表示，至少三名恐怖分子被当场击毙 。
这家酒店很受国际游客和联合国工作人员的欢迎 。而且，这间酒店离机场很近 。
据现场的一名美国之音记者报道，联合国以及马里军队将酒店包围起来，封锁了附近所有交通路线 。她还说，下午她听到了爆炸声和枪响 。
据路透社报道，早前恐怖分子释放了几名能背出《古兰经》经文的人质 。《纽约时报》报道称，恐怖分子已经释放了穆斯林人质并继续挟持其他人质 。
虽然恐怖分子的身份还有待核实，但一个名为“基地”的恐怖组织称制造了此次袭击事件 。近几年来，马里一直在打击激进分子和“伊斯兰国”的恐怖分子 。
2013，一支由法国领导的军队成功驱逐了马里北部的伊斯兰武装力量 。该武装力量于2012年在平民政府被推翻后占领了马里北部地区 。