Al-Mourabitoun, a militant jihadist group affiliated with al-Qaeda, has claimed responsibility for the attack on the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, Mali today.
The number of fatalities varies from source to source. Reuters reports at least 27 are dead. At one time, 170 guests and around 30 employees were being held inside the Radisson.
Reports are that no more hostages are being held. However, special operations forces are reported to be engaging with terrorists in the hotel.
We hear from a reporter on the ground and talk with a terrorism analyst about the relationship between al-Qaeda and its affiliates in West Africa.
Katarina Hoije, a journalist based in Bamako, Mali who has been reporting on the hostage situation for CNN and other media outlets
Chris Chivvis, Author of the forthcoming book “The French War on Al Qa’ida in Africa” (Cambridge University Press; November 27, 2015); Associate Director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center and a Senior Political Scientist at the RAND Corporation