Bomb explodes under bus in Mali


A makeshift bomb exploded under a passenger bus travelling in violence-plagued central Mali region Mopti, killing at least 14 and wounding 24, the security minister said.

The vehicle hit the explosive device carrying 60 passengers through an area where ethnic militias regularly kill civilians from rival groups and Islamist militants are also active.

“We have 14 deceased and 24 injured, including seven in a critical state,” said Salif Traore, giving no further comment on the attack or on who might be behind it.

The remote border region where Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger meet is a haven for jihadist militants, who launch attacks on UN, Malian and international troops. Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) are commonly used.

A person at the scene told Reuters his sister and nephew were on the bus and died in the explosion.