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This is BBC World News Today. The headlines:


Officials in Mali say no more hostages are inside after a special


forces operation against the Islamist gunmen stormed the hotel.


Forces are going from room to room to find the gunmen.


They are holed up the upper floors of the building.


As Paris mourns its dead a week on, police confirm


a third body was found in the flat that was raided after the attacks.


And European Union ministers agree to strengthen


the EU's external borders, with tighter checks on all passengers


Mali officials say suspected gunmen who stormed a hotel in the capital,


It's thought at least 18 people have been killed,


but UN peacekeepers are saying that they have seen 27 bodies.


We have not been able to confirm those reports.


Special forces raided the Radisson Blu


after up to ten gunmen stormed the building, firing automatic weapons


Initially, the gunmen seized up to 170 people.


The US-owned hotel is popular with foreign businesses


A group affiliated to al-Qaeda says it's behind the attack.


Our diplomatic correspondent James Robbins has the latest.


Combined forces from Mali, the United Nations, France and some


US special forces moved in on the hotel as soon as it was clear.


Gunmen with grenades had shot their way in and taken hostages.


The license plate was that of a diplomatic car.


That is why they didn't check them out.


When security forces got inside the hotel, they immediately


I heard gunshots very early in the morning.


I thought it was firecrackers and did not realise it was


a hostage situation. Thank God we are safe.


The soldiers were very professional. They took good care of us.


I tried something, but then the soldier said, "Stay in the room!"


Soon, security forces were bringing out dozens of hotel guests and


Some reported the extremists shouting, "Allahu Akbar!"


and releasing those who could recite verses from the Koran.


The attackers would have known that the luxury hotel,


close to the diplomatic quarter of Mali's capital, Bamako,


An eyewitness told the BBC it was just before 7am


when the attackers arrived in a large car with diplomatic plates.


There were apparently up to 13 gunmen.


At one point, they held up to 170 hostages.


Mali's security forces had responded quickly, working with French elite


police units, some UN blue-helmeted soldiers,


Soon, there were reports of some hostages escaping,


including three Turkish Airlines staff, and of many others being


rescued by security forces as they moved through the hotel, floor by


floor. In Paris, the French president Francois Hollande made no


direct link with the attacks on his capital a week ago, but repeated his


conviction that greater force was needed against violent extremism.


We see once again that the terrorists want to make


their horrific mark everywhere they can, by killing, by murder.


So we must be firm and show our solidarity towards


In Mali, some survivors were still in shock.


It remained unclear if all of the extremists had been found


and stopped. James Robbins, BBC News.


We spoke a short time ago to Mali-based journalist


Francois Rihouay as events were continuing to unfold in the hotel.


We have now gone back to him for an update. The situation is looking to


have calmed down. It is quite in front of the hotel. Night is


falling. The Mali security forces and special forces are now coming,


but the last time we spoke, there was a huge panic movement because


people aware really on edge. It looks like now the final death toll


figure is 18 dead, according to a high security official I just spoke


to. Two terrorists were killed during the operation. Two terrorists


dead, but we do not know for sure the number of other attackers. What


is happening with that? We still have to figure out. The


investigation will start and that will be much longer. We will


investigate how they could get to this hotel and get this diplomatic


card, the black four by four they used to get into the hotel.


According to one of the French military sources I spoke to, it was


two attackers. There were only two attackers? Yeah according to the


people I spoke to. The last attack in Bamako when a restaurant was


attacked and killed five people, other people were not directly


involved in the attack but where helping and financing, hosting the


attackers. Francois, you report from Bamako, you are local to the area.


Does it surprise you that something like this has happened? Not that


surprising, since all Mali authorities have said that since the


French intervention in the 20 13th, they have all this said it would be


a permanent threat, especially in the capital. The surprising thing


tonight is to figure out that it is the main hotel, the one thought to


be one of the most safe in the capital that has been attacked. That


the attackers could get in so easily... Foreigners who used to


come, it is frightening. Just a line from the French defence Minister,


because he says at this stage, no French nationals were killed in the


Mali hotel attacks. But from the French defence minister.


Today's attack comes after a string of threats by Islamist


groups against the government and western interests in Mali.


French forces have been stationed there since 2013 when they fought


successfully to push back Islamic militants who were controlling large


Our security correspondent Frank Gardner has more details.


Parts of Mali have been a battle ground for more than four years.


The UN's 10,000 peacekeepers there are fully stretched in this


Their commander wants Europe to do more if terrorism is to be stopped.


Mali is important because it has a regional impact


and it also has a global impact, of course on terrorism and so on.


It would be interesting to see a larger European engagement


It was swift military intervention by front that stopped most of Mali


Jihadists like these have been able to move across regional borders


It all began with the collapse of Libya in 2011 and the fall


Weapons and insurgents flooded into the Sahara.


In Mali, Islamist rebels took over most of the north of the country


French forces pushed them back but pockets of rebels and jihadists


In nearby Nigeria, the jihadist group Boko Haram has


wreaked havoc, killing more people last year than Islamic State did.


And in Algeria, where Western workers were killed recently in a


hostage siege, remnants of Al-Qaeda survived in the mountains.


Further south, experts blame poor governance.


I think it is the same story all over Africa.


They are able to grow because, in most of the African states, the


There are thousands of young people who are unemployed and can be easily


Mali will need more than military intervention to stop terrorism.


It needs secure borders, better governance and a stable


economy if more young men are not to be drawn into the murderous ideology


The Carlson Rezidor hotel group, which owns and operates the Radisson


Blu Hotel in Bamako, has set up an emergency family information number.


It's based in France. The number to call is:


Stay up to date with the latest news out of Mali via the BBC live page.


Their update their very regularly coming from various sources as well


as testimony and interviews. Just head to the BBC website.


We turn now to what happened in Mali today to what happened in Paris one


week ago. Let me shortly be seen at Place de la Republique, where people


are holding flowers and candles. People coming out in force as part


of a display of defiance as the time of 9:20pm local time approaches.


That was the time those first terrible attacks happened one week


ago exactly. People trying to show they are not afraid. They are coming


onto the street and making sure their voices are heard. It is one


week since the terrible things we saw. Inevitably, people are turning


their minds back to where they wear at this time last week. Some of them


were already inside the Stade de France Stadium to watch the national


team. Some were heading to bars and restaurants in this area. Some to


have a meal and meet friends. Some thought they were lucky enough to


have a ticket here at the batter clan to see the Californian band


Eagles Of Death Metal. In the darkest corners of their minds, they


could not have imagined what would unfold over the course of the next


four hours. Extraordinary cruelty and barbarity. Eight, nine, possibly


ten gunmen on the loose in Paris. We have been reporting it through the


course of the week how that has affected the city. Today, the death


toll went up to 130. One more person has died and still 90 people in


intensive care. Some 200 people injured, lives wrecked and destroyed


by the senselessness of what we saw. Behind me, a steady stream of people


filtering past the batter clan. Thousands of bouquets being laid all


along these railings. -- filtering past the batter clan theatre. Left


by friends and family and ordinary members of the public. Different


flags demonstrating the different nations and nationalities of those


who have come to pay their respects. Today has largely been about the


politics, because the interior minister Bernard Cazenove has been


to meet his colleagues in Brussels. They are talking about the need for


tighter controls at the borders of the 26th-country Schengen zone. They


decided those controls will be stiffened. Anyone coming into the


Schengen zone, whether or not they hold an EU passport, will be checked


and vetted properly and cross checked against the list of names


that they hold. There will also be tighter checks on the borders in


France in line with the three-month state of emergency which is now in


place, approved by the Senate just ate few hours ago. Intelligence


agencies talking about greater sharing of information in real-time,


so new databases to with that process. Here is our Paris


correspondence. They queued at Paris' Central Mosque


today for the simple comfort And no one, no matter how old


or how familiar, was exempt. It was a war zone,


just like a war zone. Not only by the type of injuries,


bullet injuries, ballistic trauma, but also because we had a huge


number of patients at the same time. And for different challenges,


different measures. The response from France this week,


a seven-hour raid In amongst the forces there was


Hugo, who told his story to the BBC. When we got to the third floor,


we put explosives on the door, but when we detonated them,


the door did not totally collapse. We had to put another charge in,


but before we could detonate that, Since the attacks here last week,


French forces have carried out almost 800 searches


and more than 100 arrests, but security on each street corner


is not the same as feeling safe. For a week,


the dead have been remembered here Tonight, they will be


honoured with defiance. Well-known artists


and musicians have called on Parisians to pack the city's


bars and restaurants at 9:20pm, Still forensically going on here in


front of the theatre. Not much to see. Frenzied work going on at the


apartment in Mali, where that leads took place on Wednesday. In


Saint-Denis. We suppose it ring leader, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, was in


that apartment. We now know that he was filmed within the metro system


where the black car was dumped on the evening of the attacks.


Interesting that he was there at around 10pm, just as the attacks are


getting underway here, on the opposite side of the road. We also


know that the intelligence agencies were following his cousin, this


supposedly suicide bomber. She was already under investigation for


drugs. It was a drugs investigation. They thought they would go back and


see who she was in contact with. Sure enough, on choose day, she was


spotted going into this apartment with Abdelhamid Abaaoud. The raid


then started several hours later. We are hearing some extraordinary


detail from the commandos that went into that apartment.


What was it like as you approached the flat?


When we arrived at the scene on the third floor - it was a


four-storey building, we wanted to put some explosives on the front


but when we released the chargers, the door did not fully open.


So we had to put another charge in, but before we could detonate,


Were they speaking to you, did the shout at you?


The assault team, 1.5-2 metres away from the front door,


never heard the terrorists speak, but the sharpshooter heard one


She pretended that she wanted to give herself up.


We think it was an excuse to get us to enter the flat


so that more policemen would die when Horrocks those of automated.


-- win her explosives detonated. Extraordinary details coming out of


that team. The fact that the team tried to conserve their arms. They


were there for the duration. They had reinforced the door of that


apartment to get in with explosives. I need to tell you, to clear up some


confusion, we have been talking about this woman as the suicide


bomber. There is some confusion over that this evening. Only forensics


were tellers whether she was wearing a suicide vest or indeed blew


herself up. There is a theory tonight in the French press that


perhaps she was not a suicide bomber and it was the third person, as yet


unidentified, that blew themselves up and she either was killed by that


explosion by the rounds. Some 5000 rounds that the police fired into


the apartment. So still some confusion there. Still a steady


stream of people walking up and down the street here and outside the


batter clan theatre. -- outside the Bataclan theatre. It has been very


much the case this week. The state of emergency which has been in place


stopped big gatherings of people, but you can see there are still many


people gathering at Place de la Republique. These pictures and


images will be replicated in different parts of the city this


evening as France and Paris remembers, outside the bars and


restaurants, outside one of the churches here in Paris and also, I


would imagine, at the Stade de France, where those suicide bombers


blew themselves up. We will bring you all the news of the evening. We


are approaching the time when these attacks started, just after 9pm


local time. We will bring new reports from Paris as that time


approaches. I will hand you back to the studio now.


Let's just go back over what we know so far.


The authorities in Mali say more than 130 hostages


being held at a luxury hotel in the capital Bamako have now been


freed, more than seven hours after an attack by jihadist militants


State television in Mali says 18 bodies have


There are reports that the gunmen are still in the building,


A militant group linked to Al Qaeda, which was behind the deadly siege


at an Algerian gas plant two years ago, says it carried out


What back this woman is a security analyst in Mali. Thank you for


talking to us. You spent time focusing on security risks in places


like this. How much does what happened today surprise you, or does


it? It does not exactly surprised me. The timing is surprising, but


the fact that we were able to reach barnacle, to get into a high high


scale attack is not surprising. It is something we have seen them do in


the past. A similar modus operandi has been used in other locales and


barnacle has not been immune from these kinds of attacks. Given that


we have seen this kind of thing in the past, should there have been


better security and police? There should have been. I think the fact


that there was an ongoing security operation by the security forces for


the last month and a half it is a three-month operation, might have


taken away some of the people's fears. Or maybe a sense of being


secure had come through, but unfortunately, Bamako has always


been a target. It has always been very openly a target by militants.


Mali has been unstable for years. Operations by such groups have


really reached the border areas. The West and the southern areas, much


more in the last years. Bamako should have been more secure,


particularly this hotel. What do you know about the group claiming the


responsibility for the attack? Do they record? They do. The Arran


amalgamation of two different groups. The leader is the work very


well known worldwide jihadists. They were targeted by a drone attack in


Libya a couple of months ago, and successfully, obviously. He is a man


that has targeted foreigners before. He is behind the attack that


happened in Algeria, in which... We have seen them take responsibility


for a lower scale attacks as well. Mine explosions targeting UN


personnel to an attack on a restaurant in Bamako last March,


actually. The target foreigners as well. You focus on security risks.


What does something like this do to the advice that you're giving? It is


quite interesting, because they did target a Hotel that in terms of


security and even by the UN standards, was suggested by a place


that was quite secure. It is difficult to say. In Mali, it is a


constant threat. It is an issue that a lot of people must deal with.


There will be repercussions and a follow-through from this attack. We


are going to the heightened security and an unsettled nation in terms of


what security forces were doing, why there was not enough security and


are the operations by the French forces as well as the other forces


and the UN personnel enough? It will be interesting. At the moment, it


has never been a stable place, so in terms of advice for people


travelling there, it has always been a higher risk. Briefly, what about


the timing of this? Do you think this was connected to what we saw in


Paris? I think there is a global terrorist movement towards France


just because of its involvement in so many different areas. I think


threats against the French in Mali have been going on for many years.


Specifically, a couple of days before the Paris attack, there was


another militant leader who threatened France and said they


would attack French interests in Mali specifically. We have to leave


it there. Bat-el Ohayon, thank you. We are right up against the end of


our programme. Thank you for being with us. Continuing coverage of the


situation in the Mali and Paris on the BBC website.


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