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The death toll, number of attackers, and group responsible remain unconfirmed, but chilling details about the rampage and the story of a heroic effort to rescue hostages have emerged.
Two different Islamist militant groups have laid claim to the recent attack on a hotel in central Mali that left 13 people dead, including five UN peacekeepers.
The attack lasted three hours, and the insurgents left the town after torching two army vehicles and hoisting their black flag over the camp.
According to Human Rights Watch, the latest victim of the upsurge in violent crime is Central Mali, where a group known as the Macina Liberation Movement has been carrying out attacks against civilians and soldiers.