Hostages Held in Mali Hotel After Jihadist Attack Kills 8

BAMAKO, Mali — Jihadists stormed a hotel hosting United Nations staff in central Mali on Friday, seizing hostages and killing at least five Malian soldiers and a U.N. contractor in one of the most brazen attacks in months, the government said.

Officials said at least two militants were also killed in the fighting.

Mali’s army continued to surround the Hotel Byblos in Sevare about 600 kilometers (375 miles) north of Bamako, battling militants into the evening.

h/t ZD

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