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10.02.2013 Mali

Suicide blast in north Mali's Gao, no other wounded

By AFP
Malian tuareg soldiers patrol in the streets of Gao, Mali on February 3, 2013.  By Sia Kambou (AFP/File)
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Malian tuareg soldiers patrol in the streets of Gao, Mali on February 3, 2013. By Sia Kambou (AFP/File)

GAO, Mali (AFP) - An explosion that rocked the north Malian city of Gao late Saturday was a suicide bombing at an army checkpoint, the day after a similar attack at the same spot, said a Malian soldier, reporting no other wounded.

"It was a suicide bomber who blew himself up," said the soldier, who was at the checkpoint at the northern entrance to Gao, which French-led forces reclaimed from Islamist rebels on January 26. The bomber's severed head was still lying on the ground at the scene Sunday morning.

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