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Attack In Mali: What We Know So Far

CREDIT: VOA
CREDIT: VOA

A group of 10 men armed with guns stormed a hotel in the West African nation of Mali. 138 hostages were seized and three people have died so far in the attack.

According to reports a portion of the hostages have been released:

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A French broadcaster has video of some of the hostages being freed:

The New York Times reports that an “operation to rescue the remaining hostages was underway amid indications that the hostage takers had been releasing Muslims and continuing to hold non-Muslims.”

The country is a former French colony and the French military retains a significant presence:

Following a military coup in 2012, Islamic extremists took control of northern Mali, prompting a French-led military intervention in early 2013 that forced the extremists from northern towns and cities, though the north remains insecure and militant attacks have extended farther south this year.

There are a number of French nationals are among the hostages.