A suicide bomber has blown himself up in the northern Mali town of Gao – the country’s first such case, sources say.
The attacker approached a group of soldiers on a motorbike before detonating an explosive belt, injuring one of them, a Malian officer told AFP.
Gao is the most populous city in northern Mali, where French-led troops have ousted Islamist militants from the main towns.
Meanwhile, rival army factions have exchanged fire in the capital, Bamako.
The suicide bomber detonated his explosives after approaching a checkpoint on the outskirts of Gao at about 06:30GMT, witnesses said.
It is the first known suicide attack in Mali since France sent some 4,000 troops into the north on 11 January to oust the militants.
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