Six Russian citizens were killed in a terrorist attack on a hotel in Bamako, the capital of Mali, on November 20, and six other Russian citizens were rescued, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
"Based on information from the Russian embassy to Mali, citizens of Russia, employees of the Volga-Dnepr airline, were among the numerous foreigners taken hostage. In the course of an operation conducted by Malian special services to neutralize the attackers, more than a hundred people were freed, among them six Russians," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said in a commentary.
"Among the dead are six citizens of our country, who, together with thirteen citizens of other countries, were shot by the gunmen in a restaurant literally at the first moments of the terrorist attack on the hotel," she said.
"The Russian embassy to Mali has opened a hotline (+223 764 09 056). "We strongly condemn this inhuman crime aimed at destabilizing the situation in Mali and disrupting the internal settlement process. We offer our condolences to the relatives and beloved ones of the dead," Zakharova said.
The Ulyanovsk regional administration had told Interfax earlier on Saturday that six employees of the Volga-Dnepr airline had been killed among others as terrorists attacked a hotel in Bamako, the capital of Mali, on November 20.
"Preliminary reports indicate that all the dead airline employees are residents of the Ulyanovsk region. Governor Sergei Morozov is currently heading for the airline's office. A task force has been set up at his instructions to provide the necessary help to the relatives of the dead, and the upcoming Monday has been declared a day of mourning in the region," the administration press service said.
A group of gunmen attacked Radisson Blu Hotel, the main international hotel in Bamako, on November 20.
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