Malian security forces take position near the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako on Nov. 20, 2015
Gunmen have launched an attack on the Radisson Blu Hotel in the centre of Mali's capital, Bamako. According to BBC, two people have locked in 140 guests and 30 employees in "a hostage-taking situation". The hotel's owners disclosed this in a statement.
Police have surrounded the hotel, which the gunmen entered shooting, and shouting "God is great!" in Arabic. The US-owned hotel is popular with expats working in Mali.A Chinese guest told China's state news agency Xinhua via a mobile app that he was among a number of Chinese citizens trapped there.A security source has told Reuters that some hostages, including those able to recite verses of the Koran, are being freed at the moment