One week on from Paris attacks, Belgium raises threat level to highest after at least 21 people reported dead after Malian commandos storm hotel. Follow all the latest news from Mali, Paris and the rest of Europe as police continue hunt for terror suspects
The hotel says 138 people remain inside. The gunmen stormed it shooting and shouting “God is great!” in Arabic, eyewitnesses say.
Malian officials said 30 hostages have been freed. State TV earlier put the figure at 80.
Three people have been shot dead and two soldiers wounded, officials say.
Interior Minister Salif Traore said the soldiers’ lives were not in danger.
The US-owned hotel is popular with foreign businesses and airline crews.
There is as yet no established link with the attacks in Paris one week ago that killed 130 people.