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Newsline: US embassy in Mali told American citizens to shelter

The US embassy in Mali advised American citizens in the country to shelter where they were, contact their families and monitor local media during a hotel under siege. The US Embassy in Mali tweeted that it was aware of an “ongoing active shooter operation” at the hotel and that embassy staff have been asked to take shelter. Officials in Mali, where gunmen had a hotel under siege earlier on Friday, have said there are now “no more hostages” involved at the scene. At least 170 people were held hostage in the Radisson Blu hotel in the capital of Bamako after gunmen stormed the building on Friday morning, it was reported. At least 27 people were killed – one of them Belgian MP Geoffrey Dieudonne. Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, and the related militant group al-Murabitoun, had claimed responsibility for the attack. French and United States forces were present to assist local security during the attack.



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