A musician is hailed as hero of the Mali siege

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.

Sékouba Bambino Diabaté - Badenya

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