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

  • Shebel

    Why would they attack the UN?

    • Alain

      Because of their Islamic driven hatred for all infidels as the main reason, and I doubt these jihadists were the least bit knowledgable of what the UN is or does. I was in Bamako a few times in the early 1970s prior to arrival of those devout Muslims bringing the true Islam to the Maliens, and even then it was quiet a backwards place compared to Dakar, Senegal where I lived.

    • Hell why not attack the UN?

      • Shebel

        Did they manage to kill any of them?

  • WalterBannon

    As long as they are attacking the UN I plan to look the other way…