WHAT WE KNOW:
138 people are currently being held at gunpoint in a Radisson Blue Hotel in the Malian capital of Bamako.
Three people killed
Three people have reportedly been killed, and two soldiers injured in the gunfire.
Gunmen stormed hotel this morning
Reuters news agency reports that a group of gunmen arrived in a vehicle at 07:00 GMT and forced their way through a security barrier,
It is not clear how many gunmen there were, but reports estimate between 5 and 15.
Malian Special Forces moving in
Malian special forces have begun to enter the building, to try bring an end to the siege, alongside 25 US Special Forces and French military who are helping to free hostages.
It is believed that the gunmen are potential Jihadists, according to numerous eye witness reports. They were heard to shout ‘Allahu Akbar’ , meaning’God is Great’ in Arabic during the gunfire. According to a Sky News journalist, Al-Qaeda have claimed responsibility for the attack.
French airline crew have all escaped
All 12 Air France crew who were caught up in the siege at the Radisson Hotel in Bamako have escaped and are safe, according to a tweet from the French airline.
According to a statement the group rescued were two pilots and 10 cabin crew.