Having seized the hotel Radisson Blu in Bamako, Mali, released several hostages. Security sources told Reuters, that those released were people who were able to read a few suras by heart from the Koran. The agency did not specify how many hostages were released.
According to Agence France-Presse, the Malian security forces withdrew from the hotel to the two women. It does not specify whether they are hostages.
Earlier, sources told Reuters that burst into the hotel shouting the words “Allahu Akbar.” According to him, the attack on the hotel involved ten people. AFP calls them “jihadists.” However, no group has not yet claimed responsibility for the capture of the hotel.
Previously, the company – owner of the Radisson Blu reported that 170 people were taken hostage. «Rezidor Hotel Group is aware of the hostage situation. According to our information, two people hold 140 guests and 30 employees of the hotel, “- said in a statement.
According to Bi-bi-si, a captured army units arrived about Mali. The hotel was put up a security cordon. The radio station RTL claims that the scene are also the French military. They are in Mali since January 2013, sent them to Paris to assist local forces in the fight against the Islamists.