Anthony Chiejina, Dandote's spokesman has confirmed that Dangote is not among hostages. Al Jazeera has not updated its live coverage of the incident as at the time of this report.
You can read the live coverage of the incident here
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This is not the first time this would be happening in Mali, as the government battles with Tuareg rebels.
The UN is said to be having a function at the event.
UN and Mali military offices are at the scene.