How I escaped Mali hostage -Dangote

Aliko DangoteAfrica’s richest man, Aliko Dangote has discarded the rumour that he was among the people that were taken hostage by a group of terrorist in Bamako, Mali capital. However, the business mogul explained how he was at the country and left before the incident occured
tweeThe business tycoon made this known via his twitter handle on Friday “Rumour about me being held hostage is false. I was in Mali yesterday. Thank you for your concern. My prayers with those involved,” Dangote tweeted
Also an earlier denial had also been reportedly made by Dangote’s aide, Anthony Chiejina who said that the billionaire was not lodged at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, where the attacks are ongoing.
Gunmen shouting Islamic slogans was reported to have 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
The identity of the Bamako gunmen, or the group to which they belong, is not known. Northern Mali was occupied by Islamist fighters, some with links to al Qaeda, for most of 2012.
Although they were driven out by a French-led military operation, sporadic violence has continued. The security source said as many as 10 gunmen had stormed the building, firing shots and shouting “Allahu Akbar”, or “God is great” in Arabic
The Chinese state news agency Xinhua said several Chinese tourists were among those trapped inside the building. The company that runs the hotel, Rezidor Group, said it understood that there were two gunmen. “According to our information, two people are holding 140 clients and 30 employees,” it said in a statement quoted by the BBC.
A senior member of the hotel’s security detail said two private security guards had been injured in the early stages of the attack, which began at 7 a.m. (0700 GMT). Witnesses in the area said police had surrounded the hotel and were blocking roads leading into the neighbourhood.
The U.S. Embassy tweeted that it was “aware of an ongoing active shooter operation at the Radisson Hotel,” and instructed its citizens to stay indoors. An Islamist group claimed responsibility for the death of five people last March in an attack on a restaurant in Bamako that is popular with foreigners.

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