Explosion rocks French Embassy in Mali

January 5, 2011 22:58

PARIS — A French Foreign Ministry spokeswoman says an explosion has rocked France's embassy in the Malian capital.

Christine Fages says the cause of the explosion Wednesday evening in Bamako was not immediately clear, but it was not an accident. She said she had no information about possible casualties or motives.The West African nation of Mali, a former French colony, is one of the countries in which Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, AQIM, operates.

The group has claimed responsibility for the abductions of five French citizens and two others who worked at a French-owned uranium mine in neighboring Niger. AQIM is believed to have taken the seven to Mali.

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