Date: Monday, 11-February-2013, 6:13 AM | Message # 1
-- dragon lord--
Rebel fighters in Mali have launched a surprise raid -- the first large-scale urban guerrilla assault since France sent in troops through Bamako in January.
On Friday a suicide bomber on a motorbike blew himself up at checkpoint near the city's limit.
A day later the same checkpoint was targeted again.
Forces have foiled an attempted suicide attack in Mali. It happened in the north of the city of Gao as the bomber approached a checkpoint, the second such attack in as many days.
The remains of the bomber lay scattered in the area after he exploded following an exchange of fire with Malian soldiers. A witness described what happened. "There were exchanges of gunfire for 30 minutes. Then the bomber came, he advanced alone. He was armed. Soldiers returned fire, shot him because he walked towards them and then boom an explosion."