MALIATTACK: 3 TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS CLAIM RESPONSIBILITY, PHOTOS RELEASED OF SUSPECTS
On Monday, Mali began its three days of national mourning, after having one of their luxury hotels attacked by terrorists on Friday, reports BBC.
Last week, the Radisson Blu hotel, which is popular with businessmen and tourists, was stormed by terrorists, resulting in 21 deaths.
Of the casualties, six were Malian, 13 were foreign nationals, and two were terrorists.
In a coordinated effort, Malian, U.S., and French special forces were able to regain control of the hotel and ensure hostages escaped hours later.
It is still unclear, though, who is responsible for the attack as Islamic terrorist groups Islamic Maghreb, the Macina Liberation Front, and al-Murabitoun have all claimed responsibility.
A security source present during the attack told the press that he heard the now-dead terrorists speaking in English.
So far, Malian officials believe that a man and woman helped to plan the attack, so they released their photos on state television.
Showing solidarity, Guinea-Conakry, Mauritania, and Senegal are also taking part in the national mourning, with Senegalese President and ECOWAS Chairman Macky Sall, saying on Sunday, “Mali will never be alone in this fight, we are all committed because we are all involved.”