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    1. Four additional bodies found in Hotel Byblos, including hotel staff and a jihadi fighter

    2. A deadly hostage drama at a Mali hotel in which 13 people died -- including five UN workers -- was claimed Tuesday by fighters linked to the notorious one-eyed Algerian jihadi leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar. A radical associated with militant Malian Islamic leader Amadou Koufa said he gave his "blessing" for the attack on the Byblos Hotel in the central town of Sevare. Koufa has ties to Belmokhtar ...

    3. At least seven people, including four soldiers and two gunmen, were killed on Friday in an ongoing siege at a hotel in the Malian town of Sevare, where the attackers have also taken a number of hostages, the Malian army said. Attackers stormed the Byblos hotel early on Friday in what military sources and local...  [Read More...]

    4. Gunmen attack Mali hotel, at least one dead

      AFP via Yahoo Maktoob NewsAug 07 04:34 AM

      Gunmen stormed a hotel in the remote centre of Mali on Friday in an ongoing attack that has left at least one person dead, military sources and residents said. Malian troops were surrounding the Byblos hotel in the desert town of Sevare after what may have been an attempt to kidnap Western hotel guests, the military sources said. "The Fama (Malian armed forces) have sealed off the area... and ...

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    6. Mali hotel siege ends, hostages freed

      Reuters via Yahoo! NewsAug 08 04:29 AM

      By Emma Farge and Adama Diarra BAMAKO (Reuters) - Malian security forces on Saturday stormed a hotel used by United Nations staff and freed four hostages held there by suspected Islamist militants who had killed at least six people during their attack. The gunmen had seized the Byblos hotel in the town of Sevare, around 600 km (400 miles) northeast of the capital Bamako, early on Friday and held...

    7. BAMAKO - A deadly attack and hostage-taking at a Mali hotel is believed to be the work of an Islamist organisation with ties to an Al-Qaeda linked group, investigators said Monday. Although no-one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, investigators found phone numbers and addresses on the bodies of the "terrorists" which suggested they belonged to an Islamist group. The hostage crisis ...

    8. One UN contractor and at least five Malian soldiers killed in attack

    9. Mali seeks answers after deadly hotel siege

      AFP via Yahoo! NewsAug 08 05:45 PM

      Malian authorities Sunday sought to identify the perpetrators of a hotel siege that ended with the deaths of at least 12 people including five UN workers. The drama began early Friday in the central town of Sevare when gunmen burst into the Hotel Byblos, frequented by expatriates. The Malian army -- along with foreign special forces, according to a Malian military source -- stormed the building...

    10. Mali’s army rescued four hostages from a hotel where they had been held by armed Islamist militants since Friday in an attack that left 12 people dead, the defense ministry said.

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