Gunmen entered the hotel, which is popular with expat workers, shooting and shouting “God is great!” in Arabic.
A Malian army commander told the AP news agency that about 20 hostages had been freed.
Hostages able to recite verses of the Koran were being released, a security source has told Reuters news agency.
Very likely Boko Haram, or affiliated Islamist terrorists, are holding hostages in the US-owned Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako. 170 of them, at last count. No word on the fate of those who could not cite verses of the Koran. But if the pattern of past attacks by Islamist terrorists is followed, that fate will be violent death.
President Obama will continue to assiduously avoid using the term “Islamic”, as if the hostage takers are from the local Knights of Columbus. (If they were, of course, Obama would be screaming loudly about Catholic terrorism.)
Since there is no feminism component, I doubt we will see any of those inanely trite Michelle hashtags about bringing back “our” anybody. Even though there are likely Americans among the hostages.