Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

DEBATE

Gaza: A Truce At All Costs?

Read more

WEB NEWS

Web users call for peace in Gaza

Read more

WEB NEWS

NSA targets "Tor" network users

Read more

WEB NEWS

Teen slammed for taking smiling selfie at Auschwitz

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

French government hopes to collect €1.8bn from foreign accounts

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - July 25th, 2014

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Search of Air Algerie crash site continues

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Sarkozy, Hollande and the scooter wars

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Confusion online over Air Algérie flight

Read more

  • UN Security Council calls for immediate Gaza ceasefire

    Read more

  • France honours those lost on Air Algérie Flight AH5017

    Read more

  • Video: Ethiopia turns to wine to boost image, economy

    Read more

  • France calls on its nationals to leave Libya as violence escalates

    Read more

  • Video: Slaviansk mourns mass grave victims

    Read more

  • Nibali joins elite group with Tour de France win

    Read more

  • Boko Haram kidnap Cameroon minister's wife in deadly attack

    Read more

  • Muslims prepare for Eid al-Fitr festival

    Read more

  • ‘Irresponsible’ American dad tries to scale Mont Blanc with children

    Read more

  • Ukraine fighting prevents observers from accessing MH17 crash site

    Read more

  • In pictures: Crowds flock to enjoy the Tour de France show

    Read more

  • Netanyahu says Hamas 'violating its own ceasefire'

    Read more

  • Video: At the scene of the Air Algérie crash in Mali

    Read more

  • Costa Concordia arrives in port of Genoa to be scrapped

    Read more

  • In pictures: Youths clash with police at banned Gaza protest

    Read more

  • Russia lashes out at new EU sanctions over Ukraine

    Read more

  • Bodies of all Air Algérie crash victims to be brought to France

    Read more

  • Syrian army and ISIS both claim advances

    Read more

  • Briton kidnapped in Yemen freed after five months

    Read more

  • New round of Gaza ceasefire talks takes place in Paris

    Read more

Africa

Two Malian soldiers killed in suicide attack near Gao

© AFP file photo

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2013-05-05

Two Malian soldiers were killed on Saturday in a suicide attack that also left at least two assailants dead near the troubled northern town of Gao, a Malian military official said, adding that clashes were ongoing in the area.

Two Malian soldiers and at least two Islamist militants were killed on Saturday in a suicide attack on an army unit in the north of the country, a senior Malian officer told Reuters.

The attack comes as France, which launched an offensive to drive al Qaeda-linked Islamists from Mali, is looking to withdraw thousands of troops from its former colony and hand over security duties to a United Nations peacekeeping mission.

Colonel Kassim Goita, a senior commander of Malian troops in the northern town of Gao, said the attack took place when soldiers followed a suspect on a motorcycle, which parked next to a vehicle which blew up as they approached.

Goita said eight soldiers had been wounded and clashes were ongoing in the area, around a village called Hamakouladji, 45 km (28 miles) to the north of Gao.

Gao was the first major town freed from Islamist control and is the hub for French and Malian military operations. But the riverside town has borne the brunt of the guerrilla-war fought by militants since they scattered into Mali’s desert and mountains.

(REUTERS)

Date created : 2013-05-05

  • FRANCE

    French jihadist arrested in northern Mali

    Read more

  • MALI - FRANCE

    Sixth French soldier killed in Mali, Elysée Palace says

    Read more

  • MALI

    UN approves Mali peacekeeping force

    Read more

COMMENT(S)