REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JEDDAH -- The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) strongly condemned the raid by militants on the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, capital of Mali, and the subsequent taking of the occupants as hostages.
It also commended the authorities for their swift response in bringing the situation to an end.
In a statement, Secretary General Iyad Ameen Madani described the violence unleashed on innocent people resulting in at least 27 deaths as an act of terror.
He pointed out that the attack could only have been carried out by the enemies of peace whose designs are to clearly destabilize Mali and destroy the peace process following the signing of the Peace and Reconciliation Agreement between the government and the armed movements in the north on June 20.
Madani reiterated the commitment of the OIC to continue to support the parties, which are signatories to the accord towards its speedy implementation as a way of isolating the terrorist groups.
While expressing his sincere sympathy and condolences to the government and people of Mali as well as to families of the victims, Madani appealed to all Malians to rally round the authorities in their efforts to neutralize any act of terrorism and violence that seek to undermine peace, unity, reconciliation and cohesion in the country.