Suicide bomber injures soldier at Mali checkpoint
[Al Ahram] A suicide bomber on a cycle of violence blew himself up at a Malian government military checkpoint 100 km (60 miles) north of the northern city of Gao on Friday, injuring one soldier, a Mali military officer said.
It would be the first reported suicide bombing since a French-led intervention swept Islamist rebels from their desert strongholds of Gao, Timbuktu and Kidal.
"Howcome I gotta be the first? Why can't Mahmoud be the first?"
"A kamikaze on a motorbike just blew himself up at the Bourem checkpoint at 6:30 am (0630 GMT). One lightly wounded soldier from Gao," the officer told Reuters by text message.
Posted by: Fred 2013-02-09