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Attack on French Embassy in Mali Wounds 2

Bullet holes and burn marks are visible on the gate of the French Embassy following an attack in the evening in Bamako, Mali, 05 Jan 2011

Security officials in Mali say two people were wounded Wednesday when a man threw an explosive device at the gate of the French embassy in Bamako.

Police said the man they arrested for the attack says he is a Tunisian citizen and a member of al-Qaida.

Security guards at the embassy said a man fired shots and threw an explosive device at the embassy gate.

Malian police officials said the device was a gas cylinder.

Witnesses said the wounded are both Malian.

The north African branch of al-Qaida operates across the Sahel region, along the margins of the Sahara Desert, and has staged a number of bombings and kidnappings in recent years.