A massive explosion was heard near Gao in northern Mali, hours after villagers near the city detained two youths preparing for suicide bombings.
A French soldier stands guard while French army deminers secure a hangar at the airport in the Malian northern city of Gao, on February 9, 2013. A massive explosion near Gao late Saturday raised fears of an Islamist attack, hours after villagers near the city detained two youths preparing suicide bombings.
A French military source said the blast, which went off Saturday at around 11:00 pm (2300 GMT), happened some 10 kilometres (six miles) away from the French military base at the city's airport, but could provide no further details.
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