An American civilian was one of 27 people killed in Mali on Friday when Islamist militants stormed a hotel and took 170 people hostage for seven hours.
The rescue forces storming the hotel in Bamako, Mali’s capital, this morning were met with scenes of horror: bodies piled up in pools of blood, the walls spattered with red.
Chilling pictures show bodies lying next to a lift, its doors kept open by the dead. It isn’t clear whether they were trying to get out or in when merciless gunmen opened fire.
At least 27 – including a Belgian diplomat and one American – were killed by a group of jihadis which went on a deadly rampage on Friday, armed with grenades and automatic weapons, at one point holding more than 100 people hostage.