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Suicide blast kills 50 in Gao, Mali

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Mali: A vehicle packed with explosives was detonated this in Gao, Mali killing at least 50 people.

The bombing targeted a camp housing government soldiers and rebels, some of whom were in a meeting at the time. Northern Mali was seized by Islamic militants in 2012, with leading a military intervention the following year. The camp was formed as part of a disputed ceasefire.

Occasional attacks continue, and the latest is the worst in years. French Interior Minister Bruno Le Roux called the attack “highly symbolic”. French President visited the scene last week.

Victims included people tasked with providing patrols, part of a United Nations-backed move to quell the violence. Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita took to Twitter today to declare three days of mourning. His government stands accused by Human Rights Watch of not taking adequate measures to protect the nation’s citizens.

The government says the dead include five suicide bombers. Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb claimed a single bomber from affiliate group al-Mourabitoun conducted the attack.

From Wikinews under Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 licence

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