TIMBUKTU - At least four people were killed and several wounded in a suicide car-bomb attack in Timbuktu on Saturday, the first since Mali's presidential election aimed at ending months of chaos following a Tuareg uprising that led to a military coup.
The attack also comes a few days after Tuareg separatists pulled out of a ceasefire agreement and peace process with the new Malian government.
Witnesses said the suicide bombers detonated their vehicle near the Malian army camp in Timbuktu, killing both occupants of the vehicle and two passerby.
"The city was shaken by a loud explosion followed by the crackling of machine-gun fire," Fatoumata Cisse, whose house is near the military camp said by telephone.
Mali's army spokesman told Reuters in the capital Bamako that the two suicide bombers and two occupants of a transport cart were killed.
"Some soldiers were wounded. A part of the wall of the military camp collapsed after the explosion, but our men are in control of the situation now," Diarran Kone said.