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Security: UPDATE 4: Security forces wrapping up operation at Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, Mali, Nov. 20. At least 18 hostages reported dead; remainder freed.

This alert affects Bamako

This alert began 20 Nov 2015 18:55 GMT and is scheduled to expire 20 Nov 2015 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Shooting and hostage-taking
  • Location: Radisson Blu Hotel, Bamako
  • Time/Date: Starting 0700 Nov. 20
  • Fatalities (injuries): 18+ (Unknown)

Updated Information
Security forces in Bamako are in the process of completing a hostage rescue operation at the Radisson Blu Hotel during the early evening of Nov. 20 (map). Preliminary reports indicate that between 18-27 of the hostages may have been killed over the course of the initial attack by assailants and the subsequent operation by authorities; the remainder of the hostages have been released. Due to conflicting reporting, it remains unclear whether all of the gunmen who participated in the hotel assault have been captured or otherwise neutralized. Security forces are reportedly continuing to search the upper floors of the building for any gunmen who may still be barricaded in the hotel.

After they have cleared and secured the building, police will likely maintain a security cordon around the Radisson Blu Hotel while they complete their investigation. Authorities will also probably deploy increased security measures across Bamako as a precaution against further possible attacks. Such measures may include, but not restricted to, vehicle and pedestrian checkpoints at strategic locations in the city; increased patrols; random searches or questioning by police; tighter access controls at government buildings, areas frequented by foreigners, or other potential targets.

Background and Analysis
Malian and French special forces launched a joint operation to rescue the hostages early afternoon on Nov. 20. The assailants had reportedly bypassed a security check by using a car with a diplomatic license plate before opening fire with automatic weapons inside the hotel at around 0700. The hotel was likely targeted because it routinely hosts foreign business travelers, expatriates, and visiting diplomats. The three-day, 6th International Mali Mining and Petroleum Conference & Exhibition held at the hotel concluded Nov. 19; however, the event's organizers have stated most delegates had departed Mali by the time of the attack.

An Al-Qaeda-affiliated group allegedly claimed responsibility for the attack; however, authorities have not yet confirmed this association. Several Islamist militant groups operate across Mali and coordinate their activities to varying degrees; they have engaged in kidnapping and targeted attacks against foreign nationals in the past. The Nov. 20 incident in Bamako is the third significant, successful attack on a Malian city since March; however, local nationals and the UN mission are targeted on a more frequent basis in rural areas.

Advice
Avoid the area around the Radisson Blu Hotel until the security operation concludes, and authorities have ended their investigation. Carry identification documents at all times, and cooperate with security personnel if stopped.


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Security: UPDATE 3: Security personnel launch operation to rescue hostages in Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, Mali, Nov. 20. Avoid the area; remain in a secure location.

This alert affects Bamako

This alert began 20 Nov 2015 15:26 GMT and is scheduled to expire 20 Nov 2015 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Shooting and hostage-taking
  • Location: Radisson Blu Hotel, Bamako
  • Time/Date: Starting 0700 Nov. 20
  • Fatalities (injuries): 3+ (Unknown)

Updated Information
Malian, French and US special forces elements have initiated a coordinated operation to free hostages held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, Nov. 20 (map). Gunmen and security personnel have reportedly exchanged gunfire inside the hotel. At least three people, including Malian and French nationals, have died during the incident that began at 0700. Although about 80 people have been freed, local sources estimate that 125 guests and 13 employees remain inside the building. Unconfirmed reports indicate that an al-Qaeda affiliated group has claimed responsibility for the attack; however, authorities have not released any details as to that group's identity.

Police have cordoned off the area surrounding the Radisson Blu as the operation unfolds. Authorities could also erect vehicle and pedestrian checkpoints at strategic locations elsewhere in the city as a precaution.

Air France (AF) has canceled flights between Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) and Bamako Senou International Airport (BKO).

Background and Analysis
The hotel was likely targeted as it routinely hosts foreign business travelers, expatriates, and visiting diplomats. The three-day 6th International Mali Mining and Petroleum Conference & Exhibition held at the hotel concluded Nov. 19; however, the event's organizers have stated most delegates had departed Mali by the time of the attack. Individuals impacted by the attack include Algerian, Belgian, Canadian, Chinese, French, Indian, Turkish, and US nationals. Several Islamist militant groups operate across Mali and coordinate their activities to varying degrees; they have engaged in kidnapping and targeted attacks against foreign nationals in the past.

Advice
Strictly avoid the area around the Radisson Blu Hotel; remain in a secure location until the operation has concluded and authorities declare the area safe. Carry identification documents at all times and cooperate with security personnel if stopped.


Resilience against the impact of global threats will depend on how prepared you are and how fast you can respond. Licensed users can visit Worldcue® Global Control Center at https://gcc.worldcue.com to immediately assess the impact of this Alert on your people, facilities and supply chain.

Traveling employees and expatriates may visit their personal traveler Web-site at https://traveler.worldcue.com to change alert delivery preferences, modify itineraries and update personal profiles.

The information in this document is provided by WorldAware, Inc. While WorldAware constantly monitors the changing world situation and strives for accuracy and timeliness, this information is provided to you on an "as is" basis, and your use of this information is at your own risk. 


Security: UPDATE 2: Gunmen continue to hold some 170 people hostage in Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, Mali, Nov. 20. Shelter in place.

This alert affects Bamako

This alert began 20 Nov 2015 10:24 GMT and is scheduled to expire 20 Nov 2015 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Shooting and hostage-taking
  • Location: Radisson Blu Hotel, Bamako
  • Date: 0800 Nov. 20
  • Fatalities (injuries): 3+ (Unknown)

Updated Information
At least two unidentified gunmen with automatic weapons continue to hold around 140 guests and 30 hotel employees hostage in the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako early Nov. 20 (map). There have reported as several explosions, possibly from grenades. The assailants reportedly used a vehicle with diplomatic number plates to bypass security checks. At least three people have been killed in the siege, which began about 0800. Police have cordoned off the area surrounding the building, and could erect localized vehicle and pedestrian checkpoints.

No group has immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but is highly likely the work of Islamist militants who operate across the country.

Background and Analysis
Foreign business travelers, expatriates, and visiting diplomats routinely stay at the hotel. Several Islamist militant groups operate in Mali with varying degrees of coordination have engaged in kidnapping and carrying out attacks on foreigners. Elements of Al-Mourabitoun and Macina Liberation Front Islamist militant groups claimed responsibility for an Aug. 7 attack on a hotel in Sevare that killed 5 UN workers. Al-Mourabitoun also claimed responsibility for a March 6 attack on the La Terrasse restaurant in Bamako that left five people dead.

Advice
Remain in a secure location until authorities deem the situation safe. Carry identification documents at all times and cooperate with security personnel if stopped.


Resilience against the impact of global threats will depend on how prepared you are and how fast you can respond. Licensed users can visit Worldcue® Global Control Center at https://gcc.worldcue.com to immediately assess the impact of this Alert on your people, facilities and supply chain.

Traveling employees and expatriates may visit their personal traveler Web-site at https://traveler.worldcue.com to change alert delivery preferences, modify itineraries and update personal profiles.

The information in this document is provided by WorldAware, Inc. While WorldAware constantly monitors the changing world situation and strives for accuracy and timeliness, this information is provided to you on an "as is" basis, and your use of this information is at your own risk.

 

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