The government has deployed tanks in the streets of the capital after two days of unrest that it said left two people dead. Witnesses and a human rights' group said five people were killed by soldiers.

The government in this North African nation also said Wednesday that 35 people were hurt. The Malian Association for Human Rights put the number of injured at more than 100.Defense Minister Gen. Mamadou Coulibaly told government radio that rioters had attacked shops, public buildings, gasoline stations, the homes of some ministers and burned vehicles. The radio said there was no apparent reason for the attacks.

Witnesses said the unrest began with demonstrations by students. Mali, like many African nations, has been hit by demonstrations calling for an end to one-party rule.