Africa

In pictures: Mali hotel attack

Malian special forces have stormed a hotel in the capital, Bamako, where gunmen had trapped around 170 people. Here is the story in photos:

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Image caption Militants storm the hotel early on Friday morning, shooting and shouting "God is great!" in Arabic.
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Image caption The hotel is popular with foreign businesses, UN staff and airline crews.
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Image caption Most of the hostages have been freed - some of the first were those able to recite verses from the Koran.
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Image caption Malian security forces stormed the hotel, backed by French special forces and UN peacekeepers.
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Image caption Indian, Chinese, Moroccan and Turkish citizens were among those staying in the hotel when it was attacked.
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Image caption Malian special forces are said to have rescued the hostages "floor-by-floor".

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