A Malian army commander says a suspect in last week's attack in the capital has been killed by special forces.

Army commander Modibo Naman Traore on Friday identified the dead suspect as Mohamed Tanirou Cisse. He said the suspect was believed to have served as a driver in the attack Saturday on a Bamako restaurant popular with foreigners that killed five people, including a French person and a Belgian national.

Al Mourabitoun, or The Sentinels, a northern Mali jihadist group allied with al-Qaida, claimed responsibility for the attack, the first of its kind in the city.

A local official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief the press, said the suspect resisted arrest as special forces pursued him.