Islamic extremists armed with guns and throwing grenades stormed the hotel in Mali's capital, killing more than two dozen people and briefly taking scores more hostage.
. Malian troops take position outside the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako, Mali on Nov. 20.
According to the Malian army commander, 10 gunmen had stormed the hotel shouting "Allahu Akbar," or "God is great," in Arabic before firing on the guards.
. Malian security forces escort a hostage freed from the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako on Nov. 20.
. Security force personnel escort people fleeing from the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, Mali on Nov. 20.
As people ran for their lives near the hotel along a dirt road, the soldiers in full combat gear pointed the way to safety.
Twenty-seven guests and workers were killed, the Associated Press reported, citing United Nations officials. The two jihadi attackers were also dead.
. An injured rescued hostage is carried from the Radisson Blu hotel by security forces, during a hostage situation, in Bamako, Mali, Nov. 20.
. People cheer Malian soldiers in front of the Radisson hotel in Bamako, Mali, Nov. 20.
By 1 p.m. ET, the bloody siege appeared to be over, a hotel receptionist manning the front desk told NBC News.
. Malian soldiers display grenades and other supplies they said belonged to jihadists in front of the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako, Mali, Nov. 20.
. Members of special forces are seen inside the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako, Mali, Nov. 20, after the assault on the hotel that killed more than 27 guests and workers.