Mali's President, Ibrahim Keita, visits the Radisson Blu hotel where 19 people were killed in an Islamist militant attack, vowing that the assault would not force Mali to shut down. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Mali's President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, heads to the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako where 19 were killed in an Islamist militant attack Friday. Armed guards surround the hotel. The President speaks of resolve. (SOUNDBITE) (French) MALI PRESIDENT IBRAHIM BOUBACAR KEITA, SAYING: "Mali will not shut down because of this attack. Paris was not shut down and still isn't. Geneva, New York and Moscow didn't shut down either. Nowhere in the world right now are we safe from the barbarians of today." Some residents point the finger at France. (SOUNDBITE) (French) MALI CITIZEN SEKOU KEITA SAYING: "This is all France's fault. It's France that got involved between us and the rebels. The rebels are the ones who started all these jihadists behaviors here in Mali. France is at the root of all of this. France needs to control these rebels because we are not used to this kind of thing. It's not part of our tradition." The hotel was the scene of a bloodbath on Friday. The assault came a week after militants killed 130 people in Paris claimed by Islamic State-- It came three weeks after a Russian airliner was downed over Egypt's Sinai Peninsula by what Moscow and Western governments say was a bomb, killing 224 all people aboard.