July 29, 2018 / 5:23 PM / 2 years ago

Militants fire mortars in northern Mali during presidential election

BAMAKO (Reuters) - Militants fired 10 mortar shells around the village of Aguelhok in the northern Mali region of Kidal, including one that exploded near a polling station set up for Sunday’s presidential election, said U.N. mission spokesman Olivier Salgado.

No one was killed, but voting was temporarily suspended after the blast, he said. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.

(This version of the story was corrected after MINUSMA clarifies location of mortar attack as Kidal region, not town)

Reporting By Tim Cocks; Writing by Edward McAllister; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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