BAMAKO - Malian special forces backed by French soldiers ended the siege of a hotel in central Mali early on Saturday, freeing four hostages being held there by suspected Islamist militants, a defense ministry spokesman said.
"It seems to be over and it has ended well," said Colonel Diaran Koné. "We freed the four hostages. But unfortunately we also found three bodies at the site."
He did not give the nationalities of the freed hostages or the dead.