Rescue team members carry out a body of a victim from the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako, Mali, Nov. 20, 2015. Three Chinese citizens were killed in a hostage-taking situation at the Radisson Blu hotel in the Malian capital, while four other Chinese citizens were rescued, the Chinese Embassy in Mali confirmed to Xinhua on Friday. (Xinhua/Stringer)
Rescue team members carry out a body of a victim from the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako, Mali, Nov. 20, 2015. Three Chinese citizens were killed in a hostage-taking situation at the Radisson Blu hotel in the Malian capital, while four other Chinese citizens were rescued, the Chinese Embassy in Mali confirmed to Xinhua on Friday. (Xinhua/Stringer)

There were no more hostages held at Radisson Blu hotel, said security minister Salif Traore, hours after gunmen stormed the hotel and held 170 people hostage, many of them foreigners.

Rescue team members carry out a body of a victim from the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako, Mali, Nov. 20, 2015. Three Chinese citizens were killed in a hostage-taking situation at the Radisson Blu hotel in the Malian capital, while four other Chinese citizens were rescued, the Chinese Embassy in Mali confirmed to Xinhua on Friday. (Xinhua/Stringer)
Rescue team members carry out a body of a victim from the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako, Mali, Nov. 20, 2015. Three Chinese citizens were killed in a hostage-taking situation at the Radisson Blu hotel in the Malian capital, while four other Chinese citizens were rescued, the Chinese Embassy in Mali confirmed to Xinhua on Friday. (Xinhua/Stringer)

But security sources said Malian forces were in the process of securing the hotel as gunmen were still holding out inside the seven-storey building.

Security sources said two attackers had been killed, but it remained unknown if the attackers were among the 22.

The rescue operation by Malian special forces received support from MINUSMA, the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali, U.S. and French troops.

The gunmen entered the hotel, which houses 190 rooms and sheltered 140 people of different nationalities, on a car with diplomatic plates, said Traore.

Some hostages succeeded in escaping by their own means while the majority of them were rescued by the special forces. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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