Three top Chinese officials killed in Mali attack

The Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako that was attacked by extremists on Friday. Three executives of the China Railway Construction Corporation Limited were killed in the hotel siege, drawing strong condemnation from Chinese President Xi Jinping.  

Three top Chinese officials of a state-owned company were among 27 people killed in the attack on the Radisson Blu Hotel in Mali, triggering strong condemnation from President Xi Jinping on Saturday.

Three executives of the China Railway Construction Corporation Limited were killed in the hotel siege in the Malian capital Bamako on Friday, the company said in a statement.

Call to global community

Mr. Xi consoled the families of the victims, and asked the government agencies to increase work to protect citizens abroad and called on the international community to do more to prevent violent acts.

“China will strengthen cooperation with the international society to resolutely fight violent terrorist activities that hurt innocent lives, to maintain world peace and tranquillity,” China Central Television quoted Mr. Xi as saying.

Rescue operations

Chinese leaders attached great importance to the incident, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei said, adding the Ministry and Chinese Embassy in Mali had launched emergency- response mechanism immediately and conducted rescue operations.

More than 100 other hostages were rescued by Malian forces at the hotel. China Railway Construction Corp identified the victims as Zhou Tianxiang, general manager for the corporation’s international group; Wang Xuanshang, a deputy general manager of the international group; and Chang Xuehui, general manager of the group’s West Africa division.

Disregard for conscience

The Mali government and the international community have made great efforts for the rescue operations yet the attackers showed a total disregard for human conscience and committed brutal and inhumane crimes, Mr. Hong said, adding that four Chinese nationals were rescued from the hotel.

The Chinese government expressed deep sorrow and sent heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims, he said.

There were no more hostages held at Radisson Blu Hotel, said Mali Security Minister Salif Traore, hours after gunmen stormed the hotel and held 170 people hostage.

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