Malian community in BX shocked by hotel siege

The large Malian community in the Bronx is devastated and worried after terrorists raided a luxury hotel in their homeland.



Terrorists held more than 100 guests hostage on Friday at the luxury Radisson Blu Hotel in the Malian capital of Bamako, killing at least 20 people. The State Department says an American woman was among the victims.



As the gunfire broke out, Bronx resident Amara Drame desperately tried to reach his family. His cousin lives in Bamako and drives airline employees to and from the hotel.



After hours of frantic phone calls, Drame received the news that his cousin was safe.



Members of the Malian community in the Bronx will be praying at different mosques throughout the borough over the next few days for peace in their country.



An extremist group affiliated with al-Qaida claimed responsibility for the attack. Malian officials are still searching for more than three suspects.


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