BAMAKO Aug 12 Gunmen killed two police officers
in an attack on the main bus station in the Malian capital
Bamako on Wednesday, an intelligence officer said.
"They opened fire on a police post at the bus station and
there are two officers killed," the source said.
Residents said the area around the bus station was cordoned
off by security forces who searched cars along a main road
Militant group al-Mourabitoun, which is linked to al Qaeda,
on Monday claimed responsibility for a hotel siege in central
Mali at the weekend in which 17 people died.
Mali's northern region has seen a resurgence of a number of
attacks by armed groups as well as Islamist militants who
briefly held the area until they were scattered by a French
military intervention in 2013.
Malian authorities also blame a new armed group called the
Massina Liberation Front for the growing number of attacks in
the central Mopti region.
The United Nations has brokered a tenuous peace between
Tuareg separatists and the government. At the same time,
Islamists linked to al Qaeda and new militant groups appear to
be mounting a campaign against the U.N. mission and Mali's
(Reporting by Tiemoko Diallo, Emma Farge and Adama Diarra in
Bamako; Writing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg; Editing by Toni Reinhold)