French and Malian Troops Enter Diabaly



Author:
AlJazeera English
Publisher:
AlJazeera English
Publication Date:
21 January 2013
Tags:
Mali, Arms and Military Affairs, Conflict, Peace and Security, Europe and Africa

French and Malian troops have entered the key central Malian towns of Diabaly and Doutenza, both of which have been in the hands of Al Qaeda-linked rebels for weeks. A convoy of about 30 armoured vehicles carrying some 200 French and Malian soldiers moved into the town on Monday at about 0900 GMT, without meeting resistance. Diabaly, 350km north of the capital Bamako, had harboured the main cluster of rebels south of the frontline towns of Mopti and Sevare until French air attacks forced them to flee or attempt to blend in with locals, residents said.