Dean Franck is a first year student in the Master's of Divinity Program at Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts. He is also a participant of our Digital Disciples Program.
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The News has escalated in Bamako, Mali after the terrorist attack on the Radisson Blu Hotel. There were at least three terrorists involved in the attack and among the 27 reported dead is one American citizen. Her name was Anita Datar who was in Mali to help strengthen their public health and she founded the non-profit organization Tulalens. A Belgian member of Parliament, Geoffrey Dieudonne, was also among those killed in the attack. Mr. Dieudonne was in Mali to help with the training of their government officials.
“National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said the U.S. is continuing to coordinate with U.S officials to verify the location of all American citizens in Mali. Price said the U.S. stands with Mali ‘and others in the region fighting the terrorist groups that seek to undermine Mali’s efforts to build a durable peace following the crisis in 2012 and 2013.’ Price said the U.S. is prepared to help Mali investigate ‘this tragic terrorist attack.’ The hotel said in a statement, ‘Our highest concern is the safety of all our guests and employees in the hotel. We are in constant contact with the authorities there and will share further information with you when we have it (full article).’”– ABCNEWS.com
France has very strong ties to this West African country. It is still unclear where there is a certain link to the Paris and Beirut attacks, but what is clear is that the Islamic State is making many aggressive terrorist moves at this time.
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