MOSCOW, November 21. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed his condolences to the President of the Republic of Mali, Ibrahim Bubacar Keita in connection with the death of citizens of Mali and other countries after terrorists attacked a hotel in Bamako, the Kremlin press service reported.
"The atrocious crime that was committed in the capital of Mali reaffirms that terrorism knows no boundaries and is a real danger for the whole world, people of different nationalities and religions become its victims, and it is possible to withstand this threat only through the broadest international cooperation," the President said in his telegram.
Putin conveyed words of sincere sympathy and support to the families and friends of the victims and wished a speedy recovery to all those who suffered from the hands of militants.
On Friday, extremists attacked the Radisson hotel in the capital of Bamako taking hostage 170 people - 140 guests and 30 employees of the hotel. Special units of the armed forces of Mali, with the support of the French security services began to assault the building and pushed the attacking troops to the upper floors, where an intense battle continued. At that time, the armed forces with the assistance from dozens of US militaries withdrew hostages from the hotel.
The Al-Mourabitoun group claimed responsibility for the attack.
Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita said that 19 people became victims of the attack and also seven were injured. During the assault two militants were killed.