U.S. military personnel are assisting with the rescue of more than 150 hostages at a hotel in the former French colony of Mali, U.S. defense officials told NBC News.
“U.S. forces have helped move civilians to secure locations, as Malian forces work to clear the hotel of hostile gunmen,” Lt. Cmdr. Anthony Falvo said.
Gunmen stormed the upscale Radisson Blu, in the capital Bamako, and took 170 guests and workers hostage, according to U.S. Embassy officials and a hotel spokeswoman. Some managed to escape the hotel, but military officials told The Associated Press that at least three people had been killed.
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