Suicide Bomber Injures One in Mali

    A French soldier speaks with his Malian counterpart on the banks of the Niger river outside Gao, northern Mali, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013. French troops began to withdraw from Timbuktu Thursday after securing the fabled city as they ramped up their mission in another northern Mali city, searching for Islamic extremists who may be mixing among the local population. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

    French and Malian soldiers on the Niger River on Thursday. (Jerome Delay/AP),Jerome Delay

    A suicide bomber approached a Mali military checkpoint on a motorcycle Friday, wounding a soldier after detonating his explosives and killing himself. Officials say it was the first suicide bombing since the French and Malian militaries joined forces against Islamist rebels last month. Meanwhile, in the African country’s capital, Bamako, paratroopers wearing red berets and protesting to join the fight against the Islamists exchanged fire with government forces.

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