No confirmation was so far available from Israel’s foreign ministry.
Jihadist groups Al Mourabitoun and al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) claimed responsibility for Friday’s attack, which ended when Malian commandos stormed the building and rescued 170 people, many of them foreigners.
Israel Radio said Shmuel Benalal, an education consultant and executive, was in Bamako advising the Mali government. Since Israel and Mali do not have diplomatic relations, the United States and Germany were involved in efforts to repatriate his body, the report said.
The Jerusalem-based Mandel School for Education Leadership, where Benalal was a faculty member, and the Telos Group Ltd, of which he was president, said he had worked with several international agencies including the World Bank, the European Union, USAID, UNICEF and UNESCO.
The foreign ministry said another Israeli national, whom it did not identify, had also been staying at the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako but had escaped unharmed.