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Mali soldier killed in first Timbuktu suicide bombing

A Malian soldier died in Timbuktu's first suicide bombing as the city came under assault overnight, triggering clashes in which 10 Islamist fighters died, military officials said Thursday. The bomb went off near the ancient city's airport as a group of armed men clashed with French and Malian soldiers, in an incident that cast doubt on suggestions the Islamist resistance in Mali is close to being quashed.

Timbuktu suicide attack reopens front for French in Mali

By Adama Diarra BAMAKO (Reuters) - A suicide car-bomber killed a Malian soldier and wounded six others in a raid on the airport in Timbuktu overnight, just a day after Paris said a French-led campaign had nearly driven Islamists out of all of northern Mali.

Mali soldier killed in first Timbuktu suicide bombing

A Malian soldier died in Timbuktu's first suicide bombing as the city came under assault overnight, triggering clashes in which ten Islamist fighters died, military officials said Thursday. The bomb went off near the ancient city's airport as a group of armed men clashed with French and Malian soldiers, in an incident that cast doubt on suggestions the Islamist resistance in Mali is close to being quashed.

Mali soldier killed in suicide car bomb in Timbuktu

A Malian soldier was killed and two others wounded when a suicide bomber set off an explosives vest inside a car near the Timbuktu airport in northern Mali, a military source said Thursday. "A boobytrapped car exploded during the night (Wednesday) near the Timbuktu airport ... The jihadist who set off his belt was killed instantly and one of the soldiers injured in the explosion died in hospital," said the military source.

Suicide car-bomber kills Malian soldier in Timbuktu

BAMAKO (Reuters) - A suicide car-bomber killed a Malian soldier and wounded six others in a raid on the airport in Timbuktu overnight, a spokesman for Mali's army said on Thursday, triggering a counterattack by French forces. It was the first suicide bombing in Timbuktu since French and Malian forces chased al Qaeda-linked Islamist militants from the ancient trading town nearly two months ago, and comes weeks ahead of the planned start to France's withdrawal from Mali.

URGENT ¥¥¥ Shots fired in Mali's Timbuktu after infiltration bid

Exchanges of gunfire broke out in Mali's Timbuktu on Wednesday night after armed men attempted to enter the fabled city by force, a local government source said. "Since last night we have heard gun shots in Timbuktu. There was an attempted infiltration and shooting broke out," which had lessened in intensity by Thursday morning, the official told AFP. sd-tmo/hba/fb/lc

In Mali, abandoned weapons kill and maim children

Intrigued, Amadou picked up a discarded grenade to play with outside an earth hut in central Mali. When he threw it, it exploded and he lost all the fingers on his left hand. He is yet another victim of the explosive weapons left over from the months-long conflict between Islamist militants who occupied the country's north and the Malian authorities and their allies trying to push them back.

UNESCO ready to send mission to Mali soon

UNESCO is ready to send experts to Mali to assess damage to cultural treasures in the troubled north as soon as security conditions allow, its director general said Monday. Irina Bokova, on a visit to UN headquarters in New York, told journalists UNESCO's action plan for Mali, still was not fully funded. "We are approching possible donors," said the chief of the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Old families keep the secret of Timbuktu's manuscripts

Though armed Islamists have left their town, the grand old families of Timbuktu are still wary of revealing the secret of how they safeguarded thousands of ancient manuscripts from destruction by extremists. Before they fled the fabled desert town in northern Mali at the end of January, the Islamists sacked part of the public Ahmed Baba Centre library, burning some 3,000 documents they considered sacrilegious. It was their second attempt to harm Timbuktu's rich cultural heritage, after destroying the mausoleums of 11 saints there in April last year.

Mali crisis disrupts education of 700,000 children: UN

The conflict in northern Mali has disrupted the education of nearly three quarters of a million children, the United Nations Children's Fund told AFP on Sunday. "The crisis in Mali has disrupted the education of some 700,000 Malian children, leaving 200,000 still with no access to school both in the north and south of the country, according to UNICEF and educational authorities in Mali," UNICEF said in a statement.
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