A 10-year-old girl in western Mali became the third person killed in the Paris-Dakar rally after being hit by a car competing in the 18th stage of the race.
The leader of the rally was disqualified from the event after finding his stolen car in a garbage dump and gamely battling past 60 rivals to make up for lost time.
Ari Vatanen's Peugeot 405 was stolen from his team compound an hour before the start of Monday's stage and thieves demanded a $90,000 ransom for its return. A spokesman for Peugeot said no ransom was paid.
The car was found on a garbage dump four hours later, and Vatanen was allowed to start at the back of the field. He finished eighth.