According to report, a 10-day state of emergency has been announced in the West African nation of Mali following the attack at Radisson Blu hotel by suspected Islamist militants in the capital Bamako, where gunmen reportedly killed 19 people.
A UN official earlier said the death toll had reached 27 people after preliminary count of the bodies.
President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita who came home early from a regional summit in Chad, also declared three days of mourning and said two militants had been killed.
Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and its affiliate al-Murabitoun has made claims that they carried out the attack. More than 130 hotel guests were freed when Malian special forces, French special forces and off-duty US servicemen, stormed the Radisson Blu hotel to break the siege.