Mali: French embassy attacker claims al-Qaida link

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January 6, 2011 13:20

 
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The man who attacked the French embassy in Bamako, Mali by setting alight a small gas cylinder claims he is a member of the al-Qaida terror network and a Tunisian citizen, police said Thursday.

Abdoulaye Sow, who runs the police station where the detained man was brought for questioning after Wednesday's attack, said the assailant did not have any identity documents with him and the claims could not be confirmed.

The assault on the French diplomatic compound in Mali's capital was unsophisticated. It was carried out by a single man who police say fired several gunshots and set a gas cylinder alight and threw it, wounding two people and causing only minor damage to one of the embassy's outer gates.

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