Northern Mali Town Hit By Mortar Fire

The northern Mali town of Gao has been hit by mortar shelling, fired by unknown assailants, that has killed one person and injured three others.

Unknown assailants shelled the north Mali town of Gao on Sunday, killing one person and wounding three others, according to military sources and residents.

Mali’s desert north suffers frequent assaults by Islamist militants despite a military operation led by France to drive fighters out of the region. Separatists are also involved in conflict.

The firing began around 6 a.m. (0600 GMT). “There were three or four explosions,” a military source said.

In 2012, Tuareg separatists tried to take control of the north but their rebellion was soon hijacked by better-armed and funded militants linked to al-Qaeda.

Last month, the rebels turned down a U.N. peace plan hammered out with the Malian government in several months of talks, saying it did not address the roots of the conflict.

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