Bamako hotel hostage taking was joint attack: Qaeda

The funeral in Bamako on November 25, 2015 of five of the 20 victims of the attack on the Radisson Blu HotelAl-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb said last month’s hostage taking at a hotel in Mali’s capital Bamako was a joint operation with another jihadist group, in an audio message posted Friday. “The lions of Al-Murabitoun brigade… have joined Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, so that they are one sword in the throat of their first enemy, Crusader France and its agents in the area,” said AQIM chief Abdelmalek Droukdel, an Algerian. The attack in Bamako underlined their new unity “with blood and sweat”, he said.

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