Around 170 guests in Radisson hotel at Bomako in Mali are being held hostage by gunmen, media reports claim.
There were reports of shooting and heavy explosion at the hotel earlier on 20 November. A hotel siege situation was expected.
According to the BBC, the US-owned hotel is popular with expats working in Mali. Security forces have reached the hotel and have begun their operation to take down the gunmen.
The US Embassy also tweeted that it is aware of the 'ongoing shooter operation at the hotel'.
"It's all happening on the seventh floor, jihadists are firing in the corridor," AFP reported. The report also states that 140 guests and 30 employees in total have been held hostage by two persons.
The security forces have reportedly surrounded the hotel and blocked the roads leading to the neighborhood.
Reportedly, three people may been killed so far by the gunmen.
According to latest reports, 20 hostages have been freed from the hotel so far. MEA has confirmed that 20 Indians are among those who are kept hostages.