Six staff members of Russian airline killed in Mali attack

Russian Foreign Ministry says six staff members of Russian regional airline also among victims of hotel attack in Mali

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Malian soldiers and international special forces stand guard at the entrance of the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako on Nov 20, 2015

Russia announced on Friday that six staff members of the Russian regional airline Volga-Dnepr were killed in the attack on Radisson Blu Hotel in Malin capital Bamako.       

"Among the many foreigners captured as hostages there were citizens of Russia - employees of the airline Volga-Dnepr," Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement. 

She said,"Among those killed - six citizens of our country, who together with 13 citizens of other states were shot by the militants in the restaurant literally in the first moments of the terrorist attack on the hotel".

Zakharova has also confirmed that six other Russians have been rescued.

The attack on Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako came three weeks after the plane crash of a Russian airliner over Egypt's Sinai peninsula.

224 people had been killed in the plane crash which Russian officials say was caused by a bomb.

DAESH claimed responsibility for that attack. So far it has been the most deadly attack on Russian citizens in a decennium.

However at least three people suspected for being a part of the attack were hunted down on Saturday, a security source said.

A security source who is an investigator in this case said, "We are actively pursuing three suspects who might have been involved in Friday's attack on the Radisson Blu hotel".

He confirmed that Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita is expected to visit the site of the attack on Saturday.

Al Mourabitoun, a militant group affiliated with Al Qaeda, on Friday claimed responsibility for the attack, killing at least 27 people and wounding several others at a Radison Blu hotel in Bamako, capital city of Mali.

Al Mourabitoun is a militant group based in northern Mali which has mostly of Tuareg and Arab participants.

TRTWorld and agencies