Heavily armed terrorists attacked the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, Mali Friday and killed 22 people while taking guests of the hotel hostage.
Guests were trapped in the hotel for hours before Mali and UN security forces launched a rescue operation to take over the hotel according to CNN.
David Berg, CEO of Carlson Hospitality Group and owner of the Radisson Blu chain, said in a statement, “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. As the investigation unfolds, our priority is to take care of our guests, employees and their families involved.”
Bamako is the capital of Mali, a country located in West Africa. The Radisson Blu hotel has 190 rooms and suites. It is located just west of the city center and near a larger number of government and business offices.
The attacks came just one week after terrorists killed 130 people in Paris, France.