A commercial flight landed in Timbuktu on Monday for the first time since jihadists captured the fabled Malian city in 2012. AfricaNews reports that carrying a delegation including two ministers, the plane landed after making the 700-kilometre journey from the capital Bamako via the central city Mopti in two hours, avoiding a road or river journey where travellers still face attacks from bandits and jihadists. It will, however be a while before the tourist trade returns as violence continues to rage in the northern and central parts of the country.