Mali army: Suicide bomber kills 1 in Timbuktu
TIMBUKTU, Mali (AP) — A Malian army spokesman says a suicide bomber has killed one soldier and wounded eight others in an attack in Timbuktu.
The attack late Wednesday near the airport in Timbuktu marks the first such suicide attack in the fabled city.
Capt. Samba Coulibaly says the suicide bomber detonated his explosives belt around 10 p.m. Wednesday night near the airport.
Radical Islamic militants have launched suicide bombings in the northern Mali towns of Gao and Kidal, but this marks the first such time they have struck near Timbuktu.
France launched a military intervention in January to oust the Islamic extremists from northern Mali, where they had seized power and began implementing strict Islamic law known as Shariah. The radicals fled the major towns but have continued attacks from their desert hideouts.