Mali declares 10-day state of emergency following hotel attack

AFP
Published Nov 21, 2015, 1:07 pm IST
Updated Mar 27, 2019, 12:57 am IST
It also called for three days of mourning for the victims of the attack
Mali security personal pick up the lifeless body of a victim inside the Radisson Blu hotel after an attack by gunmen (Photo: AP)
 Mali security personal pick up the lifeless body of a victim inside the Radisson Blu hotel after an attack by gunmen (Photo: AP)

Bamako: Mali's government declared a 10-day nationwide state of emergency on Friday evening after a jihadist attack on a hotel in the capital Bamako that left least 27 people dead.

Following a crisis cabinet session presided over by President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita the government "declared a state of emergency across the nation" starting at midnight Friday for 10 days, a statement read on national radio said.

 

It also called for three days of mourning for the victims of the attack, which was claimed by the Al-Murabitoun group of notorious Algerian militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar in an audio recording broadcast by Al-Jazeera television.

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