This morning, gunmen stormed a Radisson Blu hotel around 7 a.m. in Bamako, Mali, taking a number of hostages. In the latest report from The New York Times, three are dead. Security forces have launched a counterattack, reports CNN in its latest update of the situation.
Carlson Rezidor has released the following statement about the attack:
“Our safety and security teams and our corporate team are in constant contact with the local authorities in order to offer any support possible to re-instate safety and security at the hotel. At this point we do not have further information and continue to closely monitor the situation.”
[Update, 3:15 p.m. CT]: Up to 27 people have been reported dead in the Mali hotel attack. Local law enforcement in Bamako indicate the remaining hostages have been freed and the siege has ended at the hotel. “I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to those affected by this terrible tragedy and express gratitude to law enforcement and first responders on the scene,” David P. Berg, CEO of Carlson Hospitality Group, said in a statement. “As the investigation unfolds, our priority is to take care of our guests, employees and their families involved.”