Suspected jihadists blow up 2 bridges in Mali

Associated Press

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Residents in northern Mali say that suspected radical jihadists have blown up two bridges near the country's border with Niger.

The attack comes only a day after suspected jihadists fired mortar rounds on the city of Gao, wounding at least seven people.

The violence has broken a relative calm in and around Gao since late March.

Ousmane Maiga, a resident of Gao, said the two bridges were attacked early Tuesday. An official with the U.N. peacekeeping mission confirmed the explosions.

Gao was under the control of al-Qaida-linked militants for nine months until a French-led military operation in January ousted them from the town. Back in January, the radical militants also blew up another bridge near the border with Niger.

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