SA condemns Bamako attack

Pretoria: Government says it has noted with concern the attack by terrorists at the Radisson Blue Hotel in Bamako, Mali. The attack has claimed innocent lives whilst other people including staff and guests at the hotel were held hostage.

"The South African government strongly condemns the use of force, violence, intimidation or threats to address socio-political issues or towards the resolution of political disagreements. South Africa stands firmly with the rest of the international community in its condemnation of attacks targeting innocent civilians and reiterates its stance that terrorism, in whatever form and from whichever quarter, cannot be condoned," the Department of International Relations and Co-operations said in a statement.

Pretoria further condemned any act of violence which seeks to undermine the Mali Peace and Reconciliation Agreement signed between the Malian Government and the Tuaregs rebel leaders earlier this year.

The department said the South African Embassy in Bamako, Mali, is monitoring the situation and is in contact with the Malian authorities. The department is also working to safeguard South African interests, particularly its citizens and assets until normalcy is restored.