Mali Steps Up Hunt For Hotel Seige Suspects

After the seige ended, investigators searched the hotel to try and figure out more about what exactly happened.

After the seige ended, investigators searched the hotel to try and figure out more about what exactly happened.

After the seige ended, investigators searched the hotel to try and figure out more about what exactly happened.

Malian investigators Sunday stepped up the hunt for suspects wanted over the jihadist seige at a luxury hotel that left 19 people dead in the capital Bamako, where residents were seeking to return to normal life. Two days after the attack on the Radisson Blu hotel, claimed by Al-Qaeda affiliate the Al-Mourabitoun, authorities were tight-lipped about the direction of the enquiry. “We are following several lines, but we won’t be making a statement,” a police source told AFP. Investigators were combing through the Radisson Blu hotel and have recovered several items inside which could help the enquiry, the police said. On Saturday, a security source told AFP that the authorities were “actively pursuing” at least three people over the attack. Gunmen went on the rampage in the hotel early Friday morning, taking 170 guests and staff hostage. The assault, which ended when Malian and international troops stormed the building, left 19 people dead as well as two attackers. The victims included six Russians, three Chinese, two Belgians, an American, an Israeli, a Senegalese and a member of the Malian special forces. Pope Francis on Sunday offered his condolences to the Malian people. The pope, who travels to Africa this week, said he was “appalled by this senseless violence” and hoped for “the conversion of hearts and the gift of peace,” in the troubled country.

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