In Mali's capital, Bamako, gunmen have taken more than 100 hostages at a Radisson hotel. NPR's Phil Ewing and Ofeibea Quist-Arcton explain what is known about the attacks and the crisis in progress.
For background on the situation in Mali, Steve Inskeep talks to Corinne Dufka, West Africa Director for Human Rights Watch. NPR National Security Editor Phil Ewing says 6 Americans were at the hotel.
Security forces are regaining control of the hotel. Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne talk to NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton, NPR National Security Editor Phil Ewing and France's ambassador to the U.S.
Islamic extremists armed with guns and throwing grenades stormed the Radisson Blu Hotel, killing at least 3 people. Steve Inskeep talks to NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton and security expert Paul Melly.
France has historic ties with Mali, where gunmen took hostages at a luxury hotel in the capital Bamako. Renee Montagne talks to Gerard Araud, France's ambassador to the United States.
The events at the Radisson Blu Hotel are unfolding. More than 100 people had been taken hostage by armed attackers. Dozens have either been freed or escaped.
A military official in Bamako, the capital of the West African Nation of Mali, says more than two dozen hostages have been freed. At least three people have been killed.
Armed attackers have taken dozens of people hostage in a luxury hotel in Bamaku, the capital of Mali. Steve Inskeep talks to Niek de Goeij of Catholic Relief Services, who lives in Bamaku.
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The situation is still unfolding in Bamako, the capital of the West African nation of Mali. Gunmen are said to have taken 170 people hostage at the Radisson Blu Hotel.
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