Issues No Ghanaian involved in Mali attacks - Foreign Ministry

Two attackers, last friday, held about 170 people hostage in a luxury hotel in the Malian capital Bamako that killed about 20 people.

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No Ghanaian has been involved in the recent terrorist attack in a hotel in Mali, the Foreign Ministry has confirmed.

Two attackers, last friday, held about 170 people hostage in a luxury hotel in the Malian capital Bamako that killed about 20 people.

Foreign Minister, Hannah Tetteh has told Accra-based Citi Fm, that Ghanaian citizens and troops in Mali are safe.

“I have had an update from our ambassador in Mali. Even though our mission in Bamako is not too far away from the Radisson hotel, because the attack started earlier in the morning, the staff were advised not to go to work so they were nowhere near in the line of fire and they would have been the closest Ghanaians to have been impacted by the incident if it had occurred," she said.

“We are part of the municipal operation in Mali. We have offices from the fields engineers regiment and from the Airforce as part of the municipal operation in Mali but no they were nowhere near the hotel so far as we know, the information we have to date, we do not have Ghanaian victims. Ghanaian troops are safe and our citizens are safe.” Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and its affiliate, al-Murabitoun, said they carried out the attack," Hanna Tetteh added.

The Malian raid targeted the Radisson Blu hotel, located just west of the city centre in a neighbourhood that is home to government ministries and diplomats.

Northern Mali was occupied by Islamist fighters, some with links to al Qaeda, for most of 2012.

Although they were driven out by a French-led military operation, sporadic violence continues.

No Ghanaian has been involved in the recent terrorist attack in a hotel in Mali, the Foreign Ministry has confirmed.

Two attackers, last friday, held about 170 people hostage in a luxury hotel in the Malian capital Bamako that killed about 20 people.

Foreign Minister, Hannah Tetteh has told Accra-based Citi Fm, that Ghanaian citizens and troops in Mali are safe.

“I have had an update from our ambassador in Mali. Even though our mission in Bamako is not too far away from the Radisson hotel, because the attack started earlier in the morning, the staff were advised not to go to work so they were nowhere near in the line of fire and they would have been the closest Ghanaians to have been impacted by the incident if it had occurred," she said.

“We are part of the municipal operation in Mali. We have offices from the fields engineers regiment and from the Airforce as part of the municipal operation in Mali but no they were nowhere near the hotel so far as we know, the information we have to date, we do not have Ghanaian victims. Ghanaian troops are safe and our citizens are safe.” Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and its affiliate, al-Murabitoun, said they carried out the attack," Hanna Tetteh added.

The Malian raid targeted the Radisson Blu hotel, located just west of the city centre in a neighbourhood that is home to government ministries and diplomats.

Northern Mali was occupied by Islamist fighters, some with links to al Qaeda, for most of 2012.

Although they were driven out by a French-led military operation, sporadic violence continues.

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