Ac­ci­den­tal blast kills 2 in home

Los Angeles Times - - THE WORLD -

An ex­plo­sive went off, ap­par­ently by ac­ci­dent, in a house on the out­skirts of Ba­mako, Mali’s cap­i­tal, killing two peo­ple, an army spokesman said.

The ex­plo­sive det­o­nated while a man was han­dling it, the spokesman said. The man and a woman were killed. An As­so­ci­ated Press re­porter also saw a wounded woman at the house, with is near a mosque.

In March, masked gun­men opened fire on a restau­rant popular with for­eign­ers, killing five peo­ple.

Of­fi­cials had long feared an attack in the cap­i­tal, which is in Mali’s south. But most of the vi­o­lence is con­cen­trated in the north, which was over­run by Is­lamic mil­i­tants af­ter a 2012 coup.

French forces led a mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion in 2013 that largely ex­pelled the Al Qaeda-linked ex­trem­ists, but clashes and at­tacks con­tinue there.

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