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Hostages freed

8 Aug, 2015

Malian security forces storm a hotel in Sevare, ending a siege and freeing hostages. Malian forces say four bodies have been found inside the Byblos Hotel after the early raid. At least one UN worker and several suspected Islamist militants are thought to have died in the siege but the exact number is unclear. Two South Africans, one Ukrainian and one Russian national are said to have been freed after being trapped inside the hotel. A total of at least 13 people are thought to have died since gunmen swept through Sevare. It is unclear which group is behind the hostage-taking.