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)

Investigations are still ongoing to arrest the accomplices who aided two Islamist militants to carry out last Friday’s attack that left over 20 people dead, several local newspapers reported on Wednesday, citing Mali Prosecutor Boubacar Sidiki Samake.

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)
“What is clear is that there were accomplices who helped them access and attack Radisson Blu hotel. I believe in the coming days, you will see the evidence,” Samake was quoted as saying.

The opposition has blamed the government over the attack.

“The political wars have resurfaced with the opposition accusing the government of laxity and not taking sufficient security measures after the attack at La Terrasse hotel that left five people dead in March this year,” a local newspaper, Le Republicain, wrote.

The newspapers cited opposition leader Soumaila Cisse as saying: “we did not learn useful lessons from the last attacks at La Terrasse hotel (bar).”

Five people were killed when a masked gunman opened fire at La Terrasse bar in Bamako in March.
However, the ruling party refuted the opposition’s accusations, saying “our security forces were sufficiently reinforced.”

Some have expressed worries over the effect of the attack.

“I am very upset with the attack. The government had worked very hard in the last few years to promote investment and revive our economy,” the president of Mali’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Youssouf Bathily, wrote in a pro-government publication. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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