Three Chinese nationals were among more than 20 people killed after gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in Mali’s capital Bamako.
The Islamist militants held 170 people at the Radisson Blu hotel, before Malian commandos staged a floor-by-floor rescue, ending the siege after about nine hours.
Four other Chinese nationals were rescued. During the hostage crisis, the four were communicating with embassy officials and journalists through Wechat, trying to seek help from the outside world. They also provided Xinhua with video they filmed after being held at the hotel.
Here’s a look at their communication with a Xinhua journalist during the attack.