25 killed in Mali battles

2013-01-28 23:13

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Paris - At least 25 Islamist fighters were killed in fighting over the weekend when French special forces captured the northern Malian city of Gao, a military spokesperson said on Monday.

The French elite troops were involved in "brief but intense clashes with terrorists" when they took control of a bridge over the Niger river in the city's south, French army spokesperson Colonel Thierry Burkhard.

"Fifteen terrorists were neutralised," he said. In further fighting late on Saturday and early on Sunday, French forces destroyed two pick-ups, killing another 10 rebels, he added.

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