Gunmen shouting “God is great” seized 170 hostagesFriday at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, Mali. “They have locked in about 140 guests and about 30 employees,” a spokesperson for the hotel chain’s owner, Carlson Rezidor group, said. Around 80 people have since been able to escape with the support of Malian special forces that penetrated the hotel. The U.S. Embassy confirmed that there was an “ongoing active-shooter operation” at the hotel. Islamist militants took control of the northern part of the West African country in 2012, but a French-led intervention drove them out in 2013.