Gunmen hold 170 hostage at Radisson Blu Hotel in Mali; 3 deaths reported

• [6:45 a.m. ET] Two to three attackers with AK-47s arrived at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako in a vehicle or vehicles with diplomatic plates around 7 a.m., said Olivier Saldago, a spokesman for the United Nations mission in Mali.

• [6:45 a.m. ET] Once there, the gunmen entered the hotel and began shooting at people, Saldago said. Two Malian nationals and a French national have died, a U.N. official said without elaborating.

• [6:45 a.m. ET] Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has cut short his trip to Chad for a summit to return to Bamako, according to a message Friday on his official Twitter account. He expected to arrive in Mali sometime Friday afternoon, presidential spokesman Diarra Diakite told CNN.

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