A man reads a newspaper next to a newsstand in Bamako on Nov. 23, 2015, three days after a deadly attack at the Radisson Blu hotel. AFP PHOTO / ISSOUF SANOGO
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Mali began a three-day mourning period with flags flying at half-staff on Monday for victims of the assault on a luxury hotel full of foreigners, a day after a dueling claim of responsibility emerged.The Islamic extremist group, Al-Mourabitoun, that first claimed responsibility for Friday's assault issued a new audio recording identifying the two gunmen, according to a Mauritanian news site that often receives messages from Malian extremists.The group said the two were the only assailants in the attack that killed 19 people. A different extremist group that emerged only this year also issued a claim of responsibility for the attack.The claim said the attack was in retaliation for Operation Barkhane, the regional French fight against Islamic extremists, according to Radio France Internationale.
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