Mali extends state of emergency by three months

Mali extends state of emergency that was declared after terrorist attack on November until March 31

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Malian troops take position outside the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako, November 20, 2015

Malian officials have declared that the state of emergency has been extended by three months, until March 31.

A nationwide state of emergency was declared in the West African country after a deadly terrorist attack at a hotel in the capital Bamako in November.

The government submitted a bill on Monday extending the state of emergency  "because of serious threats to the security of persons and their property," according to an official statement.

The National Assembly unanimously passed the bill on Tuesday, a parliamentary source told AFP.

A ten day state of emergency was declared after the terror attack in November and the state of emergency has already been extended twice.

"The state of emergency aims to give the relevant authorities the means to allow them to better identify and counter any project threatening people's safety...," the government's statement said announcing the latest extension, which was due to expire on Thursday.

Armed men took 170 hostages at the Radisson Blu hotel in November 20, including guests and staff, in an attack that killed 22 people, including 14 foreigners. Two attackers were also killed during the police raid, while nine people were wounded.

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), al Mourabitoun and the Macina Liberation Front (MFL) all claimed responsibility for the attack.

TRTWorld and agencies