New York Post – Grenade-toting gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in Mali’s capital early Friday, killing at least three people and taking about 170 hostages — but spared some who could recite verses from the Quran, according to reports.
About 80 people who were in the 190-room Radisson Blu Hotel when the 10 gunmen stormed in shouting “Allahu Akbar,” or “God is great,” had been freed as of 8:30 a.m. EST.
The Brussels-based Rezidor Hotel group that operates the hotel earlier said the assailants had “locked in” 140 guests and 30 employees.
A UN official told CNN that the dead were two Malians and a French national.
About 20 hostages either escaped or were freed after Malian security forces stormed the 190-room hotel.