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Mali attack 'response to African support' for French mission

A Malian jihadist leader said a suicide attack on UN forces that killed two Senegalese troops Saturday in northern Mali was a response to African countries' support for the French army's fight against Islamist militants there. "I speak in the name of all the mujahedeen (fighters) in Azawad (northern Mali): this operation is a response to African countries that have sent soldiers to support (French President) Francois Hollande's battle in the land of Islam," said Sultan Ould Badi, a well-known Islamist who has been part of several armed extremist groups. sd/jhb/rmb

Mali attack retaliated for African support of French mission

A Malian jihadist leader said a suicide attack on UN forces that killed two Senegalese troops on Saturday in northern Mali was in retaliation for African countries' support of the French army's operation against Islamist militants. "I speak in the name of all the mujahedeen (fighters) in Azawad (northern Mali): this operation is a response to African countries that have sent soldiers to support (French President) Francois Hollande's battle in the land of Islam," said Sultan Ould Badi, a well-known Islamist extremist who has been part of several armed groups.

At least two Senegalese UN troops killed in Mali rebel bastion

At least two Senegalese UN troops were killed Saturday in a suicide attack in Mali's northeastern rebel bastion of Kidal, a day before a second round of legislative polls, a UN source said. The soldiers died when a suicide bomber ploughed his explosives-laden car into a bank that they were guarding. "For the moment, we have at least two dead and several wounded among the MINUSMA African troops," the source said on condition of anonymity, referring to the UN mission in the country. The suicide bomber also died, a regional government source told AFP.

At least two UN troops dead in suicide attack in north Mali

At least two UN troops were killed on Saturday in a suicide attack in Mali's northeastern rebel bastion of Kidal, which came a day before the country holds a second round of legislative polls, a UN source said. The soldiers -- whose nationalities were not given -- died when a suicide bomber ploughed his explosive-laden car into a bank that they were guarding. "For the moment, we have at least two dead and several wounded among the MINUSMA African troops," the source said on condition of anonymity, referring to the UN mission in the country.

Two peacekeepers killed as suicide bomb hits bank in northern Mali

By Adama Diarra and Tiemoko Diallo BAMAKO (Reuters) - A suicide bomber killed two Senegalese U.N. peacekeepers and destroyed the only operating bank in the northern Malian town of Kidal on Saturday, one day before a second round of parliamentary elections. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the car bombing at 0645 local time (1:45 a.m. EST) on the Malian Solidarity Bank, which was being guarded Mali's army and the U.N. peacekeeping mission known as MINUSMA.

At least two UN troops dead in suicide attack in north Mali

At least two UN troops were killed on Saturday in a suicide attack in Mali's northeaster rebel bastion of Kidal, which came a day before the country holds a second round of legislative polls, a UN source said. The soldiers were part of the UN peacekeeping force known as MINUSMA and died when a suicide bomber ploughed his explosive-laden car into a bank that they were guarding. "For the moment, we have at least two dead and several wounded among the MINUSMA African troops," the source said on condition of anonymity.

UN chief Ban concerned over stalled Mali negotiations

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday voiced concern over a delay in talks between Mali's government and armed Tuareg rebels amid ongoing unrest in the country. Speaking three days before the second round of legislative elections in Mali, Ban noted that the strife-torn country had "made progress toward re-establishing constitutional order," praising the "orderly" first round of voting last month.

French troops kill 19 Islamists in northern Mali

French troops killed 19 Islamist militants during an army operation in Mali's rebel-infested northern desert on Tuesday, a French military source told AFP, as the country prepared to stage nationwide elections. The violence comes with Malians due to vote on Sunday in a second round of parliamentary polls supposed to mark the west African nation's first steps to recovery after it was plunged into chaos by a military coup in March last year.

French kill 19 Islamists in Mali: French army

French troops killed 19 Islamist militants during an army operation in Mali's rebel-infested northern desert on Tuesday, a French military source told AFP, as the country prepared to stage nationwide elections. The violence comes with Malians due to vote on Sunday in a second round of parliamentary polls supposed to mark the west African nation's first steps to recovery after it was plunged into chaos by a military coup in March last year.

Mali, Tuaregs fault France on failing peace talks

By John Irish PARIS (Reuters) - Mali's government and Tuareg separatists both accused France on Wednesday of not doing enough to resolve the political crisis, underscoring the difficulties Paris has in disengaging itself from its former colony. After winning adulation across Mali for a 5-month military offensive earlier this year that scattered al Qaeda fighters, France is caught in a tug of war between the government in Bamako and rebels demanding some form of autonomy based at Kidal in the north.
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