Mali declares 10-day state of emergency following hotel attack

Local and international soldiers stand guard in front of the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako on November 20, 2015

Local and international soldiers stand guard in front of the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako on November 20, 2015
Photo: AFP

Local and international soldiers stand guard in front of the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako on November 20, 2015  Photo: AFP
Local and international soldiers stand guard in front of the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako on November 20, 2015
Photo: AFP

Mali’s government declared a 10-day nationwide state of emergency Friday evening after a jihadist attack on a hotel in the capital Bamako that left least 27 people dead.

Following a crisis cabinet session presided over by President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita the government “declared a state of emergency across the nation” starting at midnight Friday for 10 days, a statement read on national radio said.

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It also called for three days of mourning for the victims of the attack, which was claimed by the Al-Murabitoun group of notorious Algerian militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar in an audio recording broadcast by Al-Jazeera television.