Mali - Twenty killed in Radisson Blu Hotel attack, Bamako, 20 Nov 2015

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  1. Peliman

    Peliman New Member

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    Good question and going from memory had links to Al-Qaeda 2 yr's ago or so. They were a smaller group at the time but quite a distance from Paris and closer to Nigeria and Boko Harem which at one point announced affiliation with isis but was separate from Boko Harem.

    Seems to me these groups compete against one another for top dog of the horror shows and it won't surprise me if we don't get a city or school kidnapped by Boko Harem who likes kidnapping girls and tycoons. (There's money in kidnapping execs and holding them ransom.)

    Some info on this group currently.

    The identity of the Bamako gunmen, or the group to which they belong, is not known.


    Northern Mali was occupied by Islamist fighters, some with links to al Qaeda, for most of 2012. They were driven out by a French-led military operation, but sporadic violence has continued in Mali's central belt on the southern reaches of the Sahara, and in Bamako.


    Read more at Reuters http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/11/20/us-mali-attacks-idUSKCN0T90SK20151120#CfdCuOqScq5UK7DU.99
     


  2. FindHG

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    President Francois Hollande

    [missed, but will be quoted in the press]

    France is doing everything it can to free hostages.

    Asks French throughout to be aware of their security

    Addressing climate conference

    ~
    FR Mali

    Several armed guards in front of the hotel, usually, they are the only armed security there

    Few minutes ago gun shots, assault is still ongoing

    FR told by the manager of the hotel, 12 Air France crew just released by Mali security forces, he can see

    Peace and stability not possible, jihadi groups refuse peace deal and turn on the Tuareg who have



    Paris

    Air France Crew safe

    The terrorist site French military intervention as cause for revenge in France and Mali

    more like several dozen, [80 not confirmed] hostages have been freed, official in Mali

    10 gunman stormed the hotel

    Iyad Agdali still remains prominent jihadi with his group

    http://www.france24.com/en/timeline/global/ livestream notes
     
  3. SophieRose

    SophieRose Well-Known Member

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    I also read elsewhere 20 Indian nationals in the hotel.

    http://www.aa.com.tr/en/world/siege-underway-at-hotel-in-malian-capital/476584#

    A Turkish diplomatic source earlier told Anadolu Agency that six Turkish Airlines crew were among the hostages. The Turkish Airlines later said that five out of the six were safely released.

    Chinese diplomatic sources in Mali also told Anadolu Agency that at least seven Chinese nationals were among the hostages.

    According to eye-witnesses, hostage takers arrived at the hotel in a stolen car with diplomatic number plates. The gunmen opened fire immediately, killing the guards and injuring several other people.
     
  4. cottonweaver

    cottonweaver Well-Known Member

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    RSBM

    Yes Peliman, seems to me most likely considering the diverse terrorist groups in the area and their allegiances. Very, very dangerous place.

    Thankful that there are fewer attackers than previously feared and that there are combined special forces from so many countries there to help thwart them - no French personnel.

    Let's hope they get the other half of the hostages out speedily.
     
  5. trigger

    trigger Well-Known Member

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    Praying for all involved.
     
  8. FindHG

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    Mali gov't says around ten 10 gunman attackers

    updated http://www.france24.com/en/timeline/global/


     
  9. FindHG

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    Army: 3 confirmed dead in attack on Mali hotel in capital
    By HAROUNA TRAORE AND BABA AHMED AP

    Nov. 20, 2015 7:27 AM EST

    The Brussels-based Rezidor Hotel group that operates the hotel said the assailants had "locked in" 140 guests and 30 employees...

    Malian special forces were freeing hostages "floor by floor," Malian army commander Modibo Nama Traore told The Associated Press. At least 30 had been freed and Malian security forces were trying to make contact with the assailants, he said...

    Traore said at least one guest earlier reported that the attackers instructed him to recite verses from the Quran before he was allowed to leave the hotel...

    French President Francois Hollande said: "We should yet again stand firm and show our solidarity with a friendly country, Mali."

    ... were escorted out by security forces as the gunmen rushed "toward the fifth or sixth floor."


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    "I heard them say in English 'Did you load it?', 'Let's go'." - released hostage, Mali hotel http://reut.rs/1X2tpd0

    https://twitter.com/Reuters/status/667687607686557696


    This seems so sad to me, especially on the day of the climate conference, as this continent is so effected by climate change. And on a side note, there was a case of Ebola reported, this morning in MSM.
     
  10. Elley Mae

    Elley Mae Well-Known Member

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    Kassim Traoré, a Malian journalist was in a building about 150 feet from the Radisson, told the New York Times that the gunmen asked hostages to recite a Muslim declaration of faith called the shahada. Those who could were allowed to leave the hotel.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news...p-top-table-high_mm-mali-410am:homepage/story

    French troops have been stationed in Mali since 2013 to help Mali fight insurgents in the northern part of the country.


    http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-11/20/c_134838089.htm

    At least seven Chinese tourists are among the hostages.


    bbm, Not about religion? lol sure it's not. lol
     
  11. KateB

    KateB New Member

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    (CNN)LATEST DEVELOPMENTS:

    • [7:20 a.m. ET] Security forces have begun a counter-assault on the hotel in Mali's capital, said French President Francois Hollande, who said he'd been in touch with Malian authorities dealing with the hostage situation, including Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta. Hollande, speaking to reporters in Paris, pledged to provide "necessary support" to help Mali resolve the situation.

    • [7:18 a.m. ET] Twelve Air France crew members who were staying in the hotel are in a "safe place," the airline tweeted Friday. Air France has canceled all its flights Friday to and from Bamako as a precaution, the airline said.

    • [7:14 a.m. ET] Vikas Swarup, a spokesman for India's Ministry of External Affairs, said 20 Indian nationals were staying in the hotel.

    • [7 a.m. ET] At least 80 of roughly 170 hostages have been freed from the Radisson Blu Hotel in Mali's capital, Bamako, the country's state broadcaster, ORTM, said Friday.

    http://www.cnn.com/2015/11/20/africa/mali-shooting/index.html
     
  12. Elley Mae

    Elley Mae Well-Known Member

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  13. cottonweaver

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    Links between recent threats by Ansar Dine are being made in - who have suspected close links to AQ.

    Threats to French interests ( French press reports) there and abroad hence Gendarmerie Nationale specialists being flown over- show of strength and defiance.
     
  14. ZaZara

    ZaZara AstraZaZara

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    BBM


    http://opiniez.com/2015/11/20/this-is-not-islam/

    It must be incredibly frustrating as an islamic terrorist not to have your views and motives taken seriously by the societies you terrorize, even after you have exlicitly and repeatedly stated them.

    Read more at link ;)
     
  15. bluesneakers

    bluesneakers not today satan

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    These ****** terrorists have made up their own religion, and their converts are brainwashed way beyond any death cult before them and there seems to be end no to people lining up to kill and die.

    Why???

    Cockroaches who kill.
     
  16. FindHG

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    Screenshot 2015-11-20 at 8.22.11 AM - Edited.jpg

    73 officially freed, but more have come out since that number was released, approximately 90 unaccounted for still

    Bamako securing city, schools etc..

    Three dead

    Very bloodied and injured people being brought out.

    Done by Jihadist forces according authority on the ground

    Apart from Mali, related to the Paris attack: Brother of Abayood taken into custody in Morocco



    Witness to Events:
    Office near hotel, heard gun shots, police came quickly. Two men wearing masks. They started shouting. At that time their accomplices in the hotel, so we don't know how many there are. Friend came out of the hotel...

    http://www.france24.com/en/timeline/global/
     
  17. cottonweaver

    cottonweaver Well-Known Member

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    BIB Yes the "mastermind's" brother was arrested after he disembarked from a flight in Agadir a MONTH ago, so if he knew anything about his brother's murderous plot he certainly wasn't saying?
     
  18. FindHG

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    One of the witnesses is reported to have heard an attacker speaking English which would rule out some of the native speaking groups
    [that could means a foreigner who doesn't speak the local languages using english to communicate with others]

    Premium hotel in Bamako

    BC:
    ACI2000??? district, business, gov't relatively well guarded may indicate some form of sophistication. The ability to surgically take that many people means some level of sophistication.



    http://www.france24.com/en/timeline/global/ livestream notes
     
  19. Elley Mae

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    Kassim Traoré, a Malian journalist who was in a building about 50 meters, or 160 feet, from the Radisson, said the attackers told hostages to recite a declaration of Muslim faith as a way separating Muslims from non-Muslims.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/21/world/africa/mali-hotel-attack-radisson.html

    Those who could recite the declaration, the Shahada, were allowed to leave the hotel. The Shabab, a Qaeda affiliate in East Africa, used a similar approach in the attack at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi in 2013.

    ..................................

    Malian army commander Modibo Nama Traore said at least 10 gunmen stormed the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako shouting “Allahu Akbar” — “God is great” in Arabic — then fired on guards and began rounding up hostages.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news...p-top-table-high_mm-mali-410am:homepage/story

    ............................................

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jihad

    Jihad

    is an Islamic term referring to the religious duty of Muslims to maintain the religion.

    bbm
     
  20. FindHG

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    probably more than 100 people freed already

    but can't say for sure how many

    4 very injured people seen brought out

    assailants arrived at around 7 am

    assault began at around 9 am

    No info who they are, or how many there are

    Schools were closed, now parents have been asked to pick up their kids then go home, but not anywhere esle

    Authorities have asked people to stay in until the siege is over

    http://www.france24.com/en/timeline/global/
     

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