Militants in Mali attacked two airports in the country's north, a security source and local residents said Nov. 30, Reuters reported. The first incident occurred Nov. 29 in Gao, where a truck bomb destroyed the building housing the U.N. peacekeeping mission adjacent to the airport. Only the attackers inside the truck died in the blast, which was claimed by the al-Mourabitoun group. Then, in a separate attack overnight, militants fired rockets at the airport in Timbuktu, residents said. The rockets landed outside the airport and reportedly did not cause any damage. Mali's vast and unforgiving terrain, its location next to weak states, and the presence of militants make pacifying the country an exhausting task.