Suicide attack kills two Malian soldiers in north

GAO, Mali (Reuters) - 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.

Colonel Kassim Goita, a senior commander of Malian troops in the northern town of Gao, said the attack took place in a village called Hamakouladji, 45 km (28 miles) to the north. Eight soldiers were wounded and clashes were ongoing, he added.

(Reporting by Cheick Diouara; Writing and additional reporting by David Lewis; Editing by Jon Hemming)