Civilian killed in northern Mali attack

2015-04-05 15:37
Armed UN personnel patrol the streets in Mali's capital Bamako. (Harouna Traore, AP)

Armed UN personnel patrol the streets in Mali's capital Bamako. (Harouna Traore, AP)

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Bamako - Militants shelled the largest city in restive northern Mali on Sunday, killing a civilian and wounding three relatives as they slept, said hospital and security sources.

A police official in Gao said the deadly rocket strike hit a household in the north of the city, while two more landed near a clinic in the city centre and in a field to the south.

"We received four wounded by rocket fire. One person, aged 27, has died from his injuries," said an official at Gao's main hospital, adding that a three-year-old was among the wounded.

A security source in Minusma, the United Nations peacekeeping mission, confirmed the attack, which came six days after a Red Cross worker was killed by jihadists in Gao.

Security forces in the area were already on high alert after unidentified men on motorcycles opened fire on the village of Boni, some four hours by road southwest of Gao, on Friday, killing two civilians.

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