SHOCKING SECURITY BLUNDER: Obama Admin Tells Mali Hotel Terrorists Americans Likely in Hotel
Islamists stormed the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, Mali today taking over 100 people hostage.
— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) November 20, 2015
The Islamists are executing non-Muslim hostages and releasing the Muslims.
The Obama administration, via a tweet by State Department spokesman John Kirby, told the Mali terrorists who took over a hotel that it is likely there are Americans in the Radisson.
The terrorists are still holding the hotel and rescue operations are ongoing.
— Heather Nauert (@statedeptspox) November 20, 2015
“We are aware U.S. citizens might be present Radisson Hotel in Bamako, #Mali. @USEmbassyMali working to verify this information #MaliAttacks”
The Obama administration statement that Americans are likely in the hotel was posted as efforts are being made to rescue hostages in the hotel.
Fox News reported that an estimated 138 people were still being held and about 80 have been freed:
“Malian special forces stormed a hotel in the country’s capital Friday to rescue 90 people who were taken hostage hours earlier by militants who shouted “Allahu Akbar” and reportedly forced their captives to recite verses from the Koran or face death.
“Malian army commander Modibo Nama Traore told The Associated Press that at least one guest earlier reported that the attackers instructed him to recite verses from the Koran before he was allowed to leave the Radisson Blu hotel in Mali’s capital, Bamako. At least three people have died in the assault, according to another military official, Lt. Col. Diarran Kone.
“Traore said Malian special forces have entered the hotel and are freeing hostages “floor by floor.” Hours after the attacks began, local TV images showed heavily armed troops in what appeared to be a lobby area.
“Traore said 10 gunmen had stormed the hotel Friday morning shouting “Allahu Akbar,” or “God is great,” in Arabic before firing on the guards. A staffer at the hotel who gave his name as Tamba Diarra said over the phone that the attackers used grenades in the assault.
“The Brussels-based Rezidor Hotel group that operates the hotel said the assailants had initially “locked in” 140 guests and 30 employees. But Malian state TV later said 80 people who were taken hostage have now been freed. The hotel said it believes 138 people are still inside the building.”
Kirby is a retired Rear Admiral and former Obama Pentagon spokesman.
UPDATE via The Hlll: Six Americans reported rescued. U.S. Special Operations Forces involved.
“The U.S. Embassy in Mali urged American citizens to shelter in place amid reports that 10 men had stormed the local Radisson Blu with AK-47s and grenades, shouting “God is great” in Arabic.
“Malian special forces entered the hotel to rescue hostages Friday morning, and U.S. Africa Command said that a “small team” of U.S. Special Operations Forces were “assisting with hostage rescue efforts.”
“Army Colonel Mark Cheadle, a spokesman for U.S. Africa Command, told Reuters that six U.S. citizens were among those recovered.
“A Malian army commander told the Associated Press that about 20 hostages had been freed, and a senior security source told Reuters that some hostages had been freed after they were able to recite verses from the Koran.
The Brussels-based Rezidor Hotel Group, which operates the Radisson, said early Friday that people had taken 140 guests and 30 employees hostage. The hotel later said that 125 guests and 13 employees remained in the building.”