Aliko Dangote
Aliko Dangote

The hotel was sieged by two unidentified gunmen Friday morning, seizing 170 guests and staff.

Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote
Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote
“Rumor about me being held hostage is false. I was in Mali yesterday (Thursday). Thank you for your concern. My prayers with those involved,” he said via his official twitter handle.

Dangote’s spokesman Anthony Chiejina earlier said in a statement that even while in Bamako, the businessman was not lodged at the five-star Radisson Blu Hotel where the attack is underway.

Witnesses said at least two security officials were killed in front of the hotel which is the largest one in Bamako with nearly 90 percent of its 190 rooms occupied.

At least eight Chinese tourists are among the hostages.

Security forces have set up a security perimeter around the hotel with members of the UN’s MINUSMA peacekeeping force in Mali on the scene. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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