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PHOTOS: Gunmen Attack A Hotel In Mali

Gunmen burst into the Radisson Blu hotel in Mali's capital of Bamako on Friday and took some 170 guests and staff members hostage. There are casualties, but many details are murky. (We're following the story on the Two-Way Blog.)

Mali has been unstable in recent years, with radical Islamists battling a government that has been supported by French troops. Friday's assault in Mali comes just a week after the attacks in Paris, with the world still jittery about terror attacks.

Here are photos from scene:

Malian troopers escort a hostage to safety near the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako, Mali, on Friday. Gunmen went on a shooting rampage at the hotel, seizing about 170 guests and staff. Harouna Traore/AP hide caption

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Malian troopers escort a hostage to safety near the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako, Mali, on Friday. Gunmen went on a shooting rampage at the hotel, seizing about 170 guests and staff.

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Malian troops take position outside the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako. Habibou Kouyate/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Malian troops take position outside the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako.

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Malian troops take position outside the Radisson Blu hotel. Habibou Kouyate/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Malian troops take position outside the Radisson Blu hotel.

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Scenes from local television show the area of Mali's capital where hostages were being rescued and taken to safety. EPA/Landov hide caption

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People flee from the Radisson Blu hotel, where more than a hundred people were being held hostage. Harouna Traore/AP hide caption

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People flee from the Radisson Blu hotel, where more than a hundred people were being held hostage.

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Malian security forces help two women evacuate near the Radisson Blu in Bamako. Habibou Kouyate/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Malian security forces help two women evacuate near the Radisson Blu in Bamako.

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Malian security forces escort a hostage freed from the Radisson Blu hotel. Habibou Kouyate/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Malian security forces escort a hostage freed from the Radisson Blu hotel.

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The scene outside the Radisson Blu hotel with a U.N. armored vehicle. EPA/Landov hide caption

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Onlookers gather near the hotel after gunmen stormed the building. Harouna Traore/AP hide caption

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Onlookers gather near the hotel after gunmen stormed the building.

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Malian security forces evacuate hostages freed from the Radisson Blu hotel. Habibou Kouyate/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Malian security forces evacuate hostages freed from the Radisson Blu hotel.

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Malian troops take position. Several extremist groups currently operate in Mali; it's not yet clear who might be responsible for the hotel attack. Habibou Kouyate/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Malian troops take position. Several extremist groups currently operate in Mali; it's not yet clear who might be responsible for the hotel attack.

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Malian security forces take position in Bamako. The reported number of hostages at risk has fluctuated, in part because some guests managed to escape from the hotel and others were released. Sebastien Rieussec/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Malian security forces take position in Bamako. The reported number of hostages at risk has fluctuated, in part because some guests managed to escape from the hotel and others were released.

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