Russia’s Putin expresses condolences to Mali over attack

Malian officials carry a body out from the Radisson hotel in Bamako, Mali.
Malian officials carry a body out from the Radisson hotel in Bamako, Mali.PHOTO: REUTERS

MOSCOW (REUTERS, AFP)– Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a telegram to Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita expressing condolences over Friday’s (Nov 20)  attack on a hotel, the Kremlin said on Saturday (Nov 21).

Putin said “the widest international cooperation” was needed to confront global terrorism, according to the Kremlin statement.

Several Russians were killed in the attack by gunmen on a hotel in Mali that killed  27 people, foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told Russian news agencies on Saturday (Nov 21).

"We can confirm that Russian citizens are among the dead," Zakharova told RIA Novosti news agency. "After we receive reliable information on the numbers and names, the foreign ministry will make a statement on this."