3 new arrests over deadly Mali hotel siege

Security forces in Mali have arrested three more suspects over a deadly siege at a hotel in the centre of the country, a security official said on Thursday.

“Three new arrests… were made by our services overnight in the Mopti region,” the source told AFP from San, more than 200km south of the central town of Sevare where the assault took place.


The government has already reported the arrest of seven people over Friday’s raid in Sevare that led to a hostage drama for almost 24 hours before Malian troops finally stormed the Byblos hotel.

Four foreign employees of the UN Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) were killed, along with a Malian civilian driver, four “terrorists” and four soldiers, according to the government, which blamed the attack on Islamist militants.

 The authorities have not said how many jihadists are believed to have taken part in the attack, but investigators found evidence linking them to a new extremist group called the Macina Liberation Front.

The three new suspects all support Malian radical Islamic preacher Amadou Koufa, the security source said.