Mali hotel reopens after deadly Islamist siege

Security at the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako has been beefed up following the deadly attack last monthMali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita on Tuesday hailed the reopening of a luxury hotel at the centre of a deadly Islamist attack, saying it was a victory over the scourge of jihadist violence. Gunmen took guests and staff hostage at the 190-room Radisson Blu in Bamako on November 20 in a siege that left 20 people dead, most of them foreigners. Al-Murabitoun, an Al-Qaeda affiliate led by notorious Algerian militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar, claimed it was behind the raid while another jihadist group from central Mali, the Macina Liberation Front, also claimed responsibility.

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