The West African singer-songwriter Sekouba Bambino has emerged as a hero of the Malian hotel siege, feeding the authorities vital information about the attackers from his besieged room.
He identified the murderous jihadists as English speakers with a Nigerian accent.
‘Initially I thought they were petty criminals,’ Bambino told NBC News. Then, ‘it felt like this wasn’t just simple pistols… There were shots from military weapons.’
Bambino is a huge star in West Africa.