Suspected jihadists blow up 2 bridges in Mali

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.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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