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Several hostages held by gunmen in Mali freed - media

August 08, 2015, 8:25 UTC+3 RABAT

Among the hostages is a Russian national who works for UTair company

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RABAT, August 8. /TASS/. Several hostages taken by gunmen in Byblos Hotel in Mali’s Sevare have been freed, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported on Saturday.

"It is too early to say that everything’s over, but several hostages" were freed by Malian military, a source told AFP. Among those freed were "five foreigners who have been evacuated to Bamako." AFP did not specify citizens of which countries were freed.

On Friday, the Byblos Hotel in central Sevare, popular with foreigners, including those working for the United Nations, was reportedly attacked by Islamist militants. According to latest reports, five servicemen and two gunmen were killed. A person working for UN mission in Mali was also killed. His citizenship is not yet known.

A spokesman for the Malian army said earlier that gunmen hold around 10 people hostage. A Ukrainian national managed to escape the captured building. Among the hostages is a Russian national who works for UTair company.

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