Mali: Armed group’s horrific siege of international hotel shows utter disregard for human life

The despicable attack on civilians at the Radisson hotel in Mali’s capital Bamako, reportedly by members of the armed group Al Mourabitoun, demonstrates again the total disregard for civilians that is characterising the growing violence and unrest in the country, Amnesty International said today.

A little known group*, the Massina Liberation Front who recruit mainly from the Fulani ethnic group, also claimed responsibility.

At least 21* people were reportedly killed in the hotel after Mali’s military stormed it, trying to end a hostage crisis in which dozens of hotel staff and guests were being held by the group’s gunmen. Reports were still coming in at the time of writing.

“The armed group Al Mourabitoun which has claimed responsibility for the hotel siege has shown an utter and total contempt for human life. This group must immediately cea

These ongoing attacks and violence by other armed groups have created a climate of fear over much of the country.
Alioune Tine, Amnesty International’s Africa Director for West and Central Africa

se deliberately attacking civilians, including humanitarian workers,” said Alioune Tine, Amnesty International’s Africa Director for West and Central Africa.

In March the group, which has links to Al-Qaida, claimed responsibility for another attack on a bar in the capital killing five people with a machine-gun and a grenade. A masked gunman opened fire at La Terrasse, killing three Malians, a French national and a Belgian security official working for the EU.

“It is alarming that the violence wreaked by this armed group is once again hitting the capital. These ongoing attacks and violence by other armed groups have created a climate of fear over much of the country causing hundreds of thousands to flee their homes seeking safety.”

 * details updated on 24 November 2015