Nepali pilot killed in Mali hotel attack

- Devendra Bhattarai, NEW DELHI

Aug 12, 2015-

A Nepali pilot working on a United Nations Peace Mission in Sevare, Mali, has been killed in an attack by gunmen.

Raju Bhandari was resting along with other staffers of United Nations Peace Mission at Byblos Hotel based in Mali’s capital Bamako last Friday when gunmen attacked, international media have reported. 

The gunmen were said to be Islamic militants. According to Reuters, the influence of Islamic militants has been on the rise in the country. Two Ukrainians, a Nepali, a South African and a Malian were killed in the attack.

The agency informed that the gunmen primarily took hostage of the United Nations staff. Information regarding the killings was given Saturday morning following a 24-hour long fight between the security agencies and the Islamic militants. According to AFP, an Islamist extremist group called the Macina Liberation Front (FLM) has been linked to the attack.

Published: 12-08-2015 10:58

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