Mali: 5 dead as gunmen target hotel, take hostages
August 8 , 2015
Gunmen have targeted a hotel in central Mali’s Sevare town, killing at least five people and taking a number of hostages, reports say.
Malian soldiers and two gunmen are among the dead.
UN workers often stay at the Byblos Hotel. A Russian national is believed to be among the hostages.
Security forces have been fighting Islamist rebels for several years, particularly in the north of the country.
The UN mission in Mali has condemned the "despicable” attack.