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Vancouver mining executives trapped in their rooms as gunmen stormed Mali hotel

VANCOUVER — Two Vancouver executives are on their way home after Friday's harrowing attack on a luxury hotel in Mali's capital that left 19 dead.

The employees of mining company B2Gold Corp. were trapped in their hotel rooms in Bamako for seven hours as Islamist militants stormed the building.

CEO Clive Johnson says he was in constant communication with them through text messages as they described the sounds of gunfire, stun grenades and the smell of smoke and gun powder.

He says the men remained remarkably calm until they were rescued by Malian special forces who went room-to-room kicking down doors to rescue people inside.

Johnson says he doesn't want to reveal the identities of the executives without their consent but they are coping well and are set to land in Vancouver late Saturday.

The company is developing the Fekola mine in Mali, which could hold the largest gold deposits in West Africa.

The Canadian Press

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