There has been an attack involving gunmen at the Radisson Blu hotel in Mali's capital of Bamako resulting in about 170 peoples held hostage.
Managers of the hotel say on Friday, two gunmen took 140 guests and 30 employees as hostages. A group of men drove to the hotel in a car with diplomatic plates, entered the building and went up to a higher floor, hotel security sources said. They forced a door open and shots were heard. Security forces stormed the area.
Radisson Blu is popular among Westerners, including Air France staff.