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Mali Government: Death toll in hotel attack rises to 12

A Malian government spokesman said that a total of 12 people, including five soldiers and three hostages, died after suspected Islamist militants siezed a hotel in central Mali used by United Nations staff.

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The death toll has increased to 12 dead - five soldiers, four terrorists and three hostages.

The nationalities have not yet been specified.

We are waiting for details from (the United Nations mission).

– Mali government spoksman

Malian officials had previously put the death toll at nine

French forces raid hotel in central Mali

French forces raid hotel in central Mali that had been seized by suspected Islamist militants, the Mali Defence Ministry said.

It seems to be over and it has ended well

We freed the four hostages

But unfortunately we also found three bodies at the site.

– Colonel Diaran Kon

Four hostages were freed and three bodies have been found at the site. He did not give the nationalities of the freed hostages or the dead.

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Foreign hostages held in jihadist attack on Mali hotel

The hostages are being held in the town of Sevare. Credit: Google maps

Jihadists are holding several people hostage after killing six others, including a UN contractor, at a hotel in Mali.

Government officials said at least two militants were also killed in the fighting.

Mali's army is continuing to surround Hotel Babylos in Sevare and locals reported smoke coming from the building.

The government said they had detained seven suspected militants but the hostage situation was still "ongoing".

It is believed a Ukrainian citizen, three South Africans and one French citizen are among those captured.

'At least three dead including UN peacekeeper' in Mali attack

At least three people have been killed, including one UN peacekeeper, during an attack in Mali a security source has told Reuters.

Unknown attackers fired rockets and shells towards the north town of Kidal in a dawn attack.

The source, who asked for anonymity, said he counted more than 40 weapons fired at the town between in an hour.

He said the weapons appeared to be aimed at a base for a UN peacekeeping force known as MINUSMA.

Minister: French citizen killed in a Mali restaurant attack

One French citizen was among those killed in a Mali restaurant attack, the French Foreign Minster Laurent Fabius has confirmed.

Minister: French citizen killed in a Mali restaurant attack. Credit: PA

"I condemn this odious and cowardly act that has caused the death of several people among them a French citizen," Fabius said in a statement.

He said the attack strengthened France's resolve to "fight terrorism in all its forms". France has more than 3,000 soldiers in West Africa as part of a counter-insurgency force against al Qaeda-linked militants.

Gunmen kill four people in capital of Mali restaurant

A senior intelligence official said gunmen attacked a restaurant in the capital of Mali and killed four people including two Europeans and two Malians on Saturday, adding that two people have been arrested.

Gunmen kill four people in capital of Mali restaurant. Credit: Google Maps

French forces wrested control of Mali's desert north from separatist rebels and militants linked to al Qaeda two years ago but the insurgents continue to mount attacks.

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Mali monitoring 310 people amid fresh Ebola case

Officials in Mali are monitoring 310 people in a bid to help limit the spread of the Ebola, after another case of the deadly virus was confirmed inside the country.

Health workers spray a mosque on November 15 after a Guinean imam died on the virus. Credit: Reuters

Officially five people have died on the virus in the country.

The deaths are linked to a 70-year-old imam who was brought to the country's capital Bamako, from Guinea, where the regional Ebola epidemic first began.

The World Health Organisation says more than 5,400 people have died in the current outbreak, mostly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

New Ebola case in Mali

A new case of Ebola has been recorded today, in Mali's capital Bamako.

The country's health ministry confirmed that the friend of a nurse who died from Ebola earlier this month has now tested positive for the disease.

To date 5,459 people have died in the current Ebola outbreak with Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia accounting for all but 15 of the deaths.

Landmine explosion kills four UN peacekeepers in Mali

A landmine explosion in northern Mali has killed four United Nations peacekeepers, a spokesperson for the UN mission in Mali said.

Four UN soldiers have been killed in an explosion in Mali. Credit: Reuters

Another 15 people have been wounded when the explosion struck a convoy they were travelling in.

"It was a convoy that left Kidal and was heading to Aguelhok that hit a mine," Olivier Salgado told Reuters.

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