Mali Searching for ‘Several’ Accomplices in Radisson Hotel Siege

  • State looking for people who hosted gunmen before assault
  • As many as 22 people died after Radisson hotel was seized

French gendarmes arrive at the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako on November 21, 2015.

Photographer: Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images

Mali investigators said they are searching for several people who aided at least two gunmen, one a teenager and the other about 22 years old, who took 170 hostages at the Radisson Blu Hotel in the capital of Bamako.

“Investigators from state security among others are looking after several suspected accomplices,” Modibo Nama Traoré, an officer at the Mali presidency, said by phone Sunday. “They are focusing in the capital on where the two attackers spent the night before to launch the attack. As a result, we want to know who hosted them.”

As many as 170 people were in the hotel when gunmen burst into the lobby Friday morning spraying gunfire. Hours later, troops stormed the building and moved room to room to evacuate guests. Al-Qaeda in Maghreb and the militant Mourabitoune group claimed joint responsibility for Friday’s attack, in which 22 people died.

Security officials who have said they were searching for three people immediately, after the assault on Sunday said two were dead.

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