Bomb kills at least 50 in Gao, Mali
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
A vehicle packed with explosives was detonated this morning in Mali. At least fifty died.,
The bombing targeted a camp housing government soldiers and rebels, some of whom were in a meeting at the time. Northern Mali was seized by Islamic militants in 2012, with France leading a military intervention the following year. The camp was formed as part of a disputed ceasefire.
Occasional attacks continue, and the latest is the worst in years. French Interior Minister François Hollande visited the scene last week.called the attack "highly symbolic". French President
Victims included people tasked with providing patrols, part of a United Nations-backed move to quell the violence. Malian President took to Twitter today to declare three days of mourning. His government stands accused by Human Rights Watch of not taking adequate measures to protect the nation's citizens.
The government says the dead include five suicide bombers.claimed a single bomber from affiliate group conducted the attack.
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