Bamako - A military spokesperson says the northern Malian
city of Gao has come under attack for the first time in months.
Hubert de Quievrecourt, spokesperson for the French-led
Operation Serval, said on Monday that at least five mortar shells hit the town
He said at least one Malian soldier was wounded in the
violence and two of the shells landed in residential areas.
He declined to speculate on who may have been responsible,
though the city was under the hands of al-Qaeda-linked militants until the
French-led operation ousted them from Gao earlier this year.
In the early weeks after their ouster, the militants launched
a series of suicide bomb attacks on Gao, though the city has been relatively
peaceful over the last seven months.