Last Friday, the world was stunned when Islamic terrorists launched a series of attacks in Paris that left 129 people dead. Now, they have launched an attack in another world city, and this time they have 170 hostages.
According to IJ Review, terrorists have taken 170 hostages at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, Mali. The hotel is particularly known for it’s popularity among foreign tourists, and the attack began when Muslim terrorists drove onto hotel property in cars with diplomatic plates.
Guinean singer Sekouba ‘Bambino’ Diabate, who was eventually freed by Mali police, told reporters what he heard.
“I heard them say in English ‘Did you load it?’, ‘Let’s go…'” he recounted. “I wasn’t able to see them because in these kinds of situations it’s hard. I woke up with the sounds of gunshots and for me, it was just small bandits who came in the hotel to claim something. After 20 or 30 minutes, I realized these are not just petty criminals.”
The terrorists reportedly went floor to floor with AK-47s gathering hostages, and they only allowed those who could recite portions of the Koran to go free. A raid by Malian security forces later freed 80 more of the hostages.
Reports say that there are some Americans being held hostage in the hotel. As of now, there are 120 guests and 13 staff workers being held by the terrorists. We’ll update you further as this story develops.