Mali ar­rests 2 over at­tack on ho­tel

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

BAMAKO: Malian spe­cial forces have ar­rested two men over last week’s at­tack on a lux­ury ho­tel in the cap­i­tal that killed 19 peo­ple, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment dis­trib­uted yes­ter­day morn­ing. The state­ment iden­ti­fied the two Malians, both ar­rested in Bamako, but pro­vided no other de­tails on their back­ground or their po­ten­tial roles in the at­tack. “Ques­tion­ing of th­ese sus­pects will shed more light on the mo­ti­va­tions of the per­pe­tra­tors of the sor­did ter­ror­ist at­tack per­pe­trated” at the Radis­son Blu ho­tel on Nov. 20, said the state­ment sent by army Maj. Modibo Na­man Traore.

Two gun­men armed with Kalash­nikov as­sault ri­fles and ex­plo­sives stormed the ho­tel be­fore 7 a.m., strik­ing just as se­cu­rity guards were about to change shifts. Af­ter shoot­ing four of the five guards, killing one, they fired wildly in the lobby and break­fast din­ing area be­fore head­ing to the ho­tel’s up­per floors. Malian troops, backed by French and Amer­i­can spe­cial forces, swarmed in to re­take the build­ing and free ter­ri­fied guests and ho­tel staff dur­ing a siege that lasted more than seven hours. —AP

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