2 French Citizens Abducted From Mali Hotel

A resident says two French men have been abducted from their hotel in the African nation of Mali.

Maoulou Daou says gunmen attacked the foreigners' hotel early Thursday and tied up the manager, guard and cook.

He says the French citizens were working on a site about 20 miles outside the town of Hombori where a company is hoping to extract material to produce cement.

Military vehicles have been arriving from neighboring towns, and security personnel are surrounding Hombori.

Mali is located in western Africa in a vast, desert region where al-Qaida-linked militants already have kidnapped foreigners in a growing number of attacks in recent years.