10 February 2013

Mali: Al-Qaeda Ally Mounts Suicide Attacks

Photo: Brahima Ouedraogo/IRIN
Islamist fighters in northern Mali.

The explosion that rocked Gao late Saturday (February 9th) was a suicide bombing at a Malian army checkpoint, AFP reported. Troops from Mali and Niger had already increased patrols and fortified checkpoints with sandbags and heavy machine guns after a similar attack at the same spot a day earlier.

On Friday, a man dressed in a paramilitary uniform drove up to the checkpoint on a motorcycle and detonated an explosive-rigged belt. A Malian soldier was lightly wounded.

The bombing was claimed by al-Qaeda splinter group Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO).

In a statement issued Saturday before the second suicide bombing, the MUJAO had warned of new attacks.

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