Magharebia (Washington DC)

Mali: Al-Qaeda Fighters Killed in Gao

Photo: Marc-André Boisvert/IPS
Communities are in need of humanitarian intervention following the recent military intervention in Gao.

Malian and French troops clashed with Islamist rebels near Gao on Tuesday (February 5th), AFP reported. The al-Qaeda-linked militants struck back with rocket fire, French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told Europe 1 radio, adding that "several hundred" were killed during combat in Konna and Gao.

The Malian army took "some prisoners, not many, who will have to answer to Malian courts and to international justice", Le Drian said, adding that some of those detained were high-ranking militants.

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