Minnetonka-based Carlson Companies, which owns the Radisson Hotel chain, is closely following the hostage-taking incident at the Radisson Blu in the west African nation of Mali. Company officials say 125 guests and 13 employees are still in the building. Dedicated phone lines have been set-up for families of guests and employees to check on their loved ones. Meanwhile, a United Nations official says two local citizens and a French national were killed when gunmen shot their way into the hotel after pulling up in a vehicle with diplomatic plates. The U.S. Embassy in Mali tweeted a message that all Americans in the area should shelter in place. At least one of the hostages freed is telling the media that he heard the gunmen speaking English.
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