Three killed as gunmen storm Radisson Blu Hotel in Mali

Security forces, right, run from the Radisson Blu hotel were gunmen attacked in Bamako, Mali. (AP Ph

Security forces, right, run from the Radisson Blu hotel were gunmen attacked in Bamako, Mali. (AP Photo/Harouna Traore) - Credit: AP

At least three people have been killed as gunmen throwing grenades seized dozens of hostages at a luxury hotel in the Mali capital, military officials said.

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The attackers seized about 170 hostages at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, although a Malian army commander later said about 20 hostages had been released.

It was not immediately clear why the group was freed or how many remained held by the militants.

Military commander Modibo Naman Traore said 10 gunmen stormed the hotel shouting 'Allahu Akbar' - 'God is great' in Arabic - before firing on the guards and taking hostages.

Some guests escaped the hotel. Monique Kouame Affoue Ekonde, an Ivorian, said she and six other people were escorted out by security forces.

Security forces, right, escort people from the Radisson Blu hotel. (AP Photo/Harouna Traore)

Security forces, right, escort people from the Radisson Blu hotel. (AP Photo/Harouna Traore) - Credit: AP