Monthly Archives: November 2015

20 November 2015, Bamako, Mali – Statement from Radisson on the ongoing attack

On 20 November, the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, Mali, released the following statement regarding the terror attack that began there this morning and still continues: “HOSTAGE-TAKING AT RADISSON BLU HOTEL, BAMAKO / MALI MEDIA STATEMENT AND FAMILY SUPPORT TELEPHONE NUMBERS – 20 NOV 2015; 13:00 CET WE ARE CLOSELY FOLLOWING THE HOSTAGE-TAKING INCIDENT THAT IS TAKING PLACE AT THE RADISSON BLU HOTEL, BAMAKO / MALI TODAY, 20TH NOVEMBER 2015. ACCORDING TO OUR LATEST INFORMATION 124 GUESTS AND 13 EMPLOYEES ARE STILL IN THE BUILDING. OUR HIGHEST CONCERN IS THE SAFETY OF ALL OUR GUESTS AND EMPLOYEES IN THE HOTEL. WE ARE IN CONSTANT CONTACT WITH THE AUTHORITIES THERE AND WILL SHARE FURTHER INFORMATION WITH YOU WHEN WE HAVE IT. WE HAVE ESTABLISHED DEDICATED PHONE LINES TO SUPPORT THE FAMILIES OF GUESTS AND EMPLOYEES, AS WELL AS A MEDIA ENQUIRY LINE. PLEASE REFER … Continue reading

20 November 2015, Bamako, Mali

A more detailed report and analysis on this hotel attack will be posted later, but a current summation of the immediate situation, mostly compiled by CNN, is as follows: Al Qaeda related terrorists attacked the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, Mali, at 7 am (other reports say 6 am), 20 November 2015. Between 2-4 attackers arrived at the hotel in a car sporting diplomatic plates, bypassing security. They emerged from the car firing AK-47s and stormed the hotel. They also reportedly slit the throat of at least one hotel guest, says the military news website military.com. Initial estimates say 21 were killed and scores more were wounded. As many as 170 people (30 staff, 140 guests) were in the hotel at the time. A group called Al Mourabitoun, which is aligned with al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), claimed responsibility. The attack … Continue reading

13 November 2015, ISIS Raid on Paris – the hotel connection

The ISIS raid on Paris on 13 November 2015 included seven targets, reports the BBC, mostly in the eastern portion of the city: 9:20 pm, suicide bomb attack, Stade de France 9:25 pm, gun attack on Rue Alibert, Le Carillon bar (and apparent budget hotel,) at 18 Rue Alibert 9:25 pm, gun attack, (same time/street as # 2,) Le Petit Cambodge restaurant 9:32 pm, gun attack on Rue de la Fontaine au Roi in front of the Cafe Bonne Biere and La Casa Nostra pizzeria 9:36 pm, gun attack on Rue de Charonne, La Belle Equipe bar 9:40 pm, suicide bomb on Boulevard Voltaire at Le Comptoir Voltaire restaurant 9:40 pm -12:20 am, gun and suicide bomb attack on 50 Boulevard Voltaire at the Bataclan concert hall Most of the gun attacks were reportedly by terrorists armed with AK-47s, grenades, and suicide vests. … Continue reading