Suspected bomb makers killed in northern Mali blast

March 23, 2015 8:33 PM

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ABIDJAN (Reuters) - One or two suspected bomb makers were killed in the northern Mali town of Gao on Monday when the explosives they were handling detonated prematurely, local residents and a security official said.

The explosion occurred in the late afternoon in the Chateau neighborhood of the northeastern town, which was seized and occupied in 2012 by al Qaeda-linked fighters who were driven out a year later by a French-led military operation.

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