China’s Foreign Ministry has confirmed that three Chinese nationals are among the dead following the attack by the Jihadist Al-Murabitoun group on the Radisson Blu hotel in Mali’s capital of Bamako.
The Islamist militants killed 19 people in the attack before Malian commandos stormed the building and rescued 170 people, many of them foreigners.
“China expresses indignation at and strongly condemns this atrocity,” said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei, who also announced that the Chinese government has sent its condolences to the families of the victims.
China Railway Construction Corporation Limited confirmed earlier today in an online statement that three executives of the company were killed in the attack.
The assault on the Radisson Blu hotel comes a week after the deadly attacks in Paris which claimed the lives of 130 people. The Mali attack was the latest in a series of raids this year on high-profile targets in the country.
Northern Mali was occupied by Islamist fighters, some with links to al-Qaida, for the majority of 2012. Despite being driven out by a French-led military operation, sporadic violence continues.
Xinhua yesterday tweeted this video allegedly taken by one of the Chinese hostages:
— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) November 20, 2015
[Image via Xinhua]