Bamako terrorists likely had help says Mali as manhunt begins


Malian authorities were on a manhunt Saturday for accomplices related to this week’s terrorist attack on a Bamako hotel in which at least 20 died, saying that the two found dead at the scene would have needed further assistance.

An Interior Ministry spokesman told dpa that the assumption was that the two men could not have pulled off such an attack by themselves.

During Friday’s attack, 170 people were taken hostage at the US-owned Radisson Blu hotel by a group of people claiming ties to terrorist group al-Qaeda. Malian forces eventually stormed the hotel, resulting in the deaths of the two alleged hostage-takers.

President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita said on national TV Saturday that 21 people died, among them two terrorists

Military operations were over at the hotel, however the grounds continue to be blocked off while Justice Ministry workers attempt to identify the dead.

The dead include citizens from the Belgium, China, Russia and the United States.