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Jihadists Suspected in Mali Bridge Bombing

By    |   Wednesday, 09 Oct 2013 10:58 AM

Suspected Islamist militants have blown up a bridge near the city of Gao in northern Mali, the BBC reported.
 
The attack, which took place Monday, occurred on a bridge over the Niger River snd came soon after suspected Islamist rebels fired shells into Gao.
 
Islamist militants controlled all of northern Mali until French and African military units drove them out earlier this year.
 
The MNLA — an ethnic Tuareg separatist rebel group — attacked Kidal, the main town north of Gao last week. The organization carried out the attack after declaring that it was withdrawing from a truce reached in June.
 
Last year, the MNLA made an alliance with several al-Qaida-linked groups. But the alliance eventually collapsed, with the jihadists taking control of major northern towns.
 
One of those groups — called Mujao — claimed responsibility for bombing the bridge, according to an Agence-France Presse report cited by the BBC.
 
Last month, there was also a suicide attack in Timbuktu, which al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb said it had carried out, AllAfrica.com reported.
 
The attack — in which two car-bombs exploded, killing two civilians and injuring six soldiers — was carried out by Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM),
 
BBC analyst Mamadou Moussa Ba said Monday that the recent upsurge in violence has caused the French government to put on hold its plans to pull most of its troops out of Mali.
 
Approximately 6,000 United Nations peacekeepers remain stationed in Mali.
 
 
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