17 January 2013

Mali: Islamists Fight to Retain Konna

Malian and French troops clashed overnight with Islamist insurgents in the central Mali town of Konna, AFP reported on Thursday (January 17th).

Fighting broke out Wednesday afternoon, marking the first ground combat since the launch of the French intervention six days earlier.

"Six Islamists were killed and we managed to seize eight vehicles and destroy some others," Captain Saliou Coulibaly told AFP.

An Islamist militant told AFP on condition of anonymity that the battle for control of the Konna area was "not finished".

Malian, French and African forces aim to oust Ansar al-Din and its al-Qaeda allies from northern Mali.

Copyright © 2013 Magharebia. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.