Africa

Mali French embassy blast: Tunisia suspect recaptured

Locator map of Mali

A Tunisian suspect in January's attack on the French embassy in Mali has been recaptured after he escaped from prison, the government says.

Bechir Sinoun, 24, was stopped as he tried to enter the northern city of Gao, the authorities said.

At least two people were injured when explosives were thrown at the mission in Bamako.

Police say Mr Sinoun is a member of al-Qaeda's North African unit but the group has not confirmed this.

After Mr Sinoun escaped on Monday, Mali's intelligence agency head Mami Coulibaly was sacked.

Mr Sinoun was arrested in January. It is not clear how he managed to get out of jail.

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb has staged several attacks in Mali and neighbouring countries.

It emerged from Islamist groups fighting in Algeria in the 1990s.

More on this story