At least three, of the seven, Turkish Airlines staff held hostage, following an attack on a hotel in Mali’s capital, Bamako, have escaped.
Three of seven Turkish Airlines staff members caught in a luxury hotel attacked by gunmen in Mali’s capital Bamako on Friday have escaped, a Turkish government official said.
It was not immediately clear if the crew were freed or fled on their own. An official previously said that six Turkish Airlines crew members were in the hotel.
Islamist gunmen also attacked the luxury Radisson Blu hotel in Mali’s capital, Bamako, on Friday were moving floor by floor through the building and had arrived at the seventh floor, a senior security source said.
“They are in the process of going floor by floor, room by room. They’ve now arrived at the seventh floor,” said the source. As many as 170 staff and guests are thought to be held hostage inside.
Another security source said some of the hostages had been freed after being made to recite verses from the Koran.