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)
BEIJING, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- China strongly condemns the Friday attack by the Jihadist Al-Murabitoun group on the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako, Mali, which killed 27 people, including three Chinese nationals, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei said on Saturday.
"China expresses indignation at and strongly condemns this atrocity,"Hong said in a statement.
Chinese leaders attached great importance to the incident, he said, adding Chinese Foreign Ministry and Chinese Embassy in Mali had launched emergency-response mechanism immediately and conducted rescue operations, said Hong.
The Mali government and the international community have made great efforts for the rescue operations yet the attackers showed a total disregard for human conscience and committed brutal and inhumane crimes, Hong said.
Hong confirmed that four Chinese nationals were rescued. The Chinese government expressed deep sorrow and sent heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims, he said.
China will continue to work with the international community to effectively safeguard the safety and legal rights of Chinese nationals and institutions abroad, he said.
China Railway Construction Corporation Limited confirmed Saturday in an online statement that three executives of the company were killed in the attack.
More than 100 other hostages were rescued by Malian forces at the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako.
There were no more hostages held at Radisson Blu hotel, said Mali security minister Salif Traore, hours after gunmen stormed the hotel and held 170 people hostage, many of them foreigners.
BAMAKO, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) -- A luxury hotel in central Bamako, the Malian capital was attacked Friday morning by unidentified individuals, seizing 170 guests and staff, said the group runs the hotel.
At least seven Chinese tourists are among the hostages.Full story
BAMAKO, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) -- At least 22 people were killed on Friday after Malian forces staged a rescue mission to free hostages held by gunmen at a luxury hotel in capital Bamako.
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.Full story