At least 27 people were reported dead on Friday after Malian commandos stormed a hotel seized by extremist gunmen to rescue 170 people, many of them foreigners, trapped in the building.
The militant group Al Mourabitoun, allied to al Qaeda and based in the desert north of the former French colony, claimed responsibility for the attack. The former French colony has been battling Islamist rebels for years.
Still image from video shows the lobby of the Radisson hotel in Bamako, Mali, November 20, 2015. (Reuters)
Still image from video show a hostage rushed out from the Radisson hotel in Bamako, Mali, November 20, 2015. (Reuters)
Bursts of gunfire
The Radisson Blu hotel, left, that was stormed by gunmen during an attack on the hotel in Bamako, Mali, Friday, Nov. 20, 2015. Islamic extremists armed with guns and throwing grenades stormed the Radisson Blu hotel in Mali's capital Friday morning, killing at least three people and initially taking numerous hostages, authorities said. (AP Photo/Harouna Traore)