BAMAKO, Mali —A top army official says 22 people including the attackers were killed in the siege of a hotel in the Mali capital of Bamako.
One U.S. citizen was among those killed, a senior State Department official told CNN.
“We express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased. … Out of respect for the family, we have no further information at this time.”
Army Cmdr. Modibo Nama Traore said late Friday night that there appeared to have been two attackers, both of whom were killed.Al Mourabitoun, an Islamist militant group, claims it is jointly responsible for the attack on the Radisson Blu hotel in Mali’s capital, according to Mauritanian news agency Al Akhbar. The group announced it carried out the attack with al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), the news agency reported.
Traore said a Malian gendarme was among the dead. He added that five people were injured including two Malian police, and that 126 people were safely evacuated.
National Security Council spokesman Ned Price says the U.S. condemns the attack in the strongest terms and commends the bravery of the Malian, French, United Nations and U.S. security personnel who responded to the situation and prevented even worse loss of life.
He says the U.S. is “prepared to assist the Malian government in the coming days as it investigates this tragic terrorist attack.”
Additional reporting from CNN.