Conflict & Justice

Mali's Conflict Takes Ominous Turn


An inhabitant of Gao, inspects the wreckage of a motorbike used by a suicide bomber who blew himself up at a checkpoint north of Gao, recently retaken from Islamist rebels, February 8, 2013. A soldier was injured, a Malian officer told Reuters. It was the first reported suicide bombing since the French-led military operation launched on January 11 expelled the Islamist rebels from their desert strongholds of Gao, Timbuktu and Kidal. REUTERS/Francois Rihouay (MALI - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) - RTR3DIEQ



Turmoil continues to grip Mali, weeks after French forces liberated the north of the country from Islamist rebels.

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Friday, the first suicide bombing of the conflict took place in Gao, while government troops in the capital city Bamako started fighting amongst themselves.

Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Lydia Polgreen of The New York Times in Bamako.