Suicide bomber blows himself up in Mali’s Kidal

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A man suspected of being an extremist ran for cover inside an abandoned house in the northern Malian city of Kidal, and detonated an explosive vest inside the structure, killing only himself.

Resident Ali Cisse said the explosion occurred around 11 a.m. in the Aliou neighborhood of Kidal, the same district where last week an unidentified gunman opened fire on a French convoy, lightly wounding a French soldier. Cisse said the man ran into a house not far from the residence of Iyad Ag Ghali, leader of Ansar Dine, a local jihadist group working with al-Qaida’s North African chapter. Ansar Dine was chased out of northern Mali by French forces in January.

Cisse said the bomber couldn’t be identified because his body was torn to bits by the explosion.

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