In pictures: Mali hotel attack

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

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