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Suicide bomber injures soldier at Mali checkpoint- source

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Fri, 8 Feb 2013 09:29 GMT
Author: Reuters
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GAO, Mali, Feb 8 (Reuters) - A suicide bomber on a motorbike blew himself up at a Malian government military checkpoint 100 km (60 miles) north of the northern city of Gao on Friday, injuring one soldier, a Mali military officer said.

It would be the first reported suicide bombing since a French-led intervention swept Islamist rebels from their desert strongholds of Gao, Timbuktu and Kidal.

"A kamikaze on a motorbike just blew himself up at the Bourem checkpoint at 6:30 am (0630 GMT). One lightly wounded soldier from Gao," the officer told Reuters by text message. (Reporting by Adama Diarra; Writing by Richard Valdmanis; Editing by Daniel Flynn)

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