Twelve dead as Mali hotel siege ends, hostages freed Add to ..

August 8, 2015 3:18 PM

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Malian security forces on Saturday stormed a hotel used by United Nations staff and freed four hostages held there by suspected Islamist militants during a nearly 24-hour siege in which 12 people died.

The gunmen had seized the Byblos Hotel in the town of Sevare, around 600 km (400 miles) northeast of the west African nation’s capital Bamako, early on Friday and held off government troops who quickly surrounded the building.

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