Bamako - The French Embassy in Mali says a French military
adviser has been wounded by gunfire in the capital, Bamako.
Didier Nourisson, a spokesperson for the embassy, said on Friday
that the man was shot by an unidentified individual. An investigation is
ongoing, he said without giving further details.
France launched a military offensive in January to oust
radical jihadists who had overtaken the major towns across northern Mali. The
French military has since reduced its presence but still has about 3 200
members in its former colony.
Northern Mali has seen suicide bombing and mortar attacks
aimed at French forces, but violent crime targeting foreigners in the capital,
in the south, is rare.
The shooting comes days before Mali is to hold legislative