Bamako: At least three people were killed on Friday as gunmen took 170 people hostage inside a five-star hotel in Mali's capital, Bamako.
The Radisson Blu hotel chain said two armed men locked in 140 guests and 30 employees, CNN reported.
The victims comprised two Malian citizens and a French national, authorities said.
Some Indians are also trapped in the hotel, but they are reportedly unharmed. They are in touch with the Indian mission and envoy. MEA is in touch with the Indian mission.
The armed men came in a diplomatic vehicle earlier in the day, firing as they entered the hotel, said witness Amadou Keita, who works at a cultural centre nearby.
The firing went on for several minutes, he said.
Malian soldiers with help from UN troops surrounded the hotel.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the incident.
The Radisson Blu hotel is about 15 minutes away from Bamako Senou International Airport.
As per current reports, 80 hostages have been freed from the Mali hotel.
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