More then seven hours after the initial assault, the hotel siege in the Malian capital Bamako has come to an end. Commandos freed 170 people, many of them foreigners, but at least 27 people were reported dead. The situation remains tense.
Sweden's Foreign Ministry has confirmed that Johan Gustafsson, who was held hostage by al Qaeda in Mali since 2011, has been released. Gustafsson was abducted in Timbuktu, along with a South African and Dutch national.
Police in Mali said four gunmen had attacked the luxury Campement Kangaba resort east of the capital. Two victims and three of the assailants have been killed while one attacker escaped.
Four people died in the Sunday attack at the Malian luxury resort Campement Kangaba in the outskirts of the capital Bamako. One guest is still missing.
Suspected extremists have killed several foreigners during a raid at a Turkish restaurant in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, officials say. At least two assailants were shot dead as police secured the area.
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