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Suicide bomber in Mali kills 5: Military

Last Updated: Sunday, May 5, 2013 - 11:25

Bamako (Mali): The head of public relations for the Malian military confirmed that two Malian soldiers and three jihadists were killed during a patrol outside the northern Malian city of Gao, after a suicide bomber on a motorcycle detonated his explosive vest.

Lt Col Souleymane Maiga says the incident occurred yesterday at around 1:30 p.M. During a search in Amakouladji, located 45 kilometers north of Gao. The city of Gao was occupied for nearly a year by the al-Qaida-linked Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa.

Maiga said the unit spotted a suspected jihadist on a scooter and stopped him. While they were searching him, a car surged forward and opened fire on the soldiers. At the same moment, the jihadist on the motorcycle detonated his explosives.


First Published: Sunday, May 5, 2013 - 11:25
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