US Special Forces Lead Counterterror Operations in Mali Siege Rescue
By InHomelandSecurity Staff
Breaking News: CNN and several outlets are now reporting that U.S. Special Forces assisted in the Mali rescue today after the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako came under siege in what appears to be an organized terror attack nearly one week after the Paris attacks. Bamako is the capital of the West African Republic of Mali.
Initial reports according to CNN indicate armed gunmen accessed the hotel with some “ease” because the vehicles they arrived in had diplomatic plates. Security forces responded with a counterassault to free the hostages taken and that “U.S. military assets have been removing Americans to safety.” Approximately 170 guests may have been taken hostage, according to CNN’s Mali hotel attack report, and that there are no more hostages inside the hotel.