INTERNATIONAL: Gunmen take 170 hostages at Radisson in Mali capital

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INTERNATIONAL: Gunmen take 170 hostages at Radisson in Mali capital

mali_attackNew 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.

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