France probes embassy bombing in Mali: source

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French prosecutors launched an investigation into a bombing at France's embassy in Mali by a man who claimed ties to Al-Qaeda, a judicial official said on Friday.

State prosecutors have asked France's domestic intelligence agency DCRI to investigate Wednesday's attack, the judicial source who asked not to be named told AFP.

Malian officials said two people were hurt when a suspect, identified by Malian security sources as a 25-year-old Tunisian, attacked the French embassy in Bamako armed with a gun, gas cylinder and grenade and caused an explosion.

The French foreign ministry said one person was hurt, a Malian employee of the embassy.

Malian police said the suspect told them he had trained in camps run by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), a branch of the militant network which has threatened France and claims to be holding five French hostages in Niger.

© 2011 AFP

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