Mali hotel hostages rescued by commandos, 27 reported dead in attack by Islamist gunmen

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Still image from video show a hostage rushed out from the Radisson hotel in Bamako, Mali, November 20, 2015. Gunmen shouting Islamic slogans attacked a luxury hotel full of foreigners in Mali's capital Bamako early on Friday morning, taking 170 people hostage, a senior security source and the hotel's operator said. Image courtesy of Reuters TV

Still image from video show a hostage rushed out from the Radisson hotel in Bamako, Mali, November 20, 2015. Gunmen shouting Islamic slogans attacked a luxury hotel full of foreigners in Mali's capital Bamako early on Friday morning, taking 170 people hostage, a senior security source and the hotel's operator said. Image courtesy of Reuters TV

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Before Mali commandos retook the hotel, some hostages escaped and others were freed by the terrorists after showing they could recite verses from the Quran.