On Friday, gunmen entered the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, Mali and started shooting at people who were gathered for breakfast. According to hotel employee Tamba Couye, the attackers shot at “anything that moved.” “They started firing at the tables,” said Couye. “They walked through the hotel door and started to shoot at everybody. Then they returned to the restaurant and closed its doors.
Malian and UN security forces rushed the hotel to end the siege. The UN mission in Mali has stated that at least 22 people died in the attack, including two of the attackers. The victims included six Russian nationals, three Chinese nationals, an Israeli educational advisor to the Mali government, and an American citizen. It is believed that the hotel was targeted due to the delegates attending peace talks that were staying there. Mongi Hamdi, the head of the UN mission in Mali, said, “I think this attack has been perpetrated by negative forces, terrorists, who do not want to see peace in Mali.” The country has declared a 10-day state of emergency and three days of national mourning in wake of the attacks.
Contributor: Katie Campbell