U.S. military assisting in rescue - CNN

CNN said U.S. military assets have been removing Americans to safety but that it is unclear whether the Americans were directly involved in the siege or simply staying elsewhere in Mali.

U.S. military assisting in Mali hotel rescue -CNN

U.S. Special Forces are assisting in rescue efforts amid an attack at a luxury hotel in Mali, CNN reported on Friday.

CNN said U.S. military assets have been removing Americans to safety but that it is unclear whether the Americans were directly involved in the siege or simply staying elsewhere in Mali.

Earlier on Friday Islamist gunmen took 170 people hostage at the hotel in Bamako.

A famous Guinean singer who was among 170 people taken hostage on Friday by Islamist gunmen in the Radisson Blu hotel in Mali's capital, Bamako, said he heard attackers in the next room speaking English.

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