URGENT ¥¥¥ Landmine kills four Malian troops: police

Four Malian soldiers were killed when their vehicle drove over a landmine in northern territory where French-led forces recently chased out Islamist rebels, Mali's paramilitary police said Thursday.

"Yesterday (Wednesday) a Malian army vehicle was blown up by a mine placed by the Islamist criminals between Douentza and Gao. There were four deaths," an officer told AFP in Douentza, 800 kilometres (500 miles) northeast of the Malian capital Bamako.