French forces take airport, bridge in Mali

2013-01-26 16:36

Dakar - France's defence minister says French forces have taken control of an area around the airport and bridge in Gao, a city in northeastern Mali that for months has been controlled by al-Qaeda-linked jihadists.

Jean-Yves Le Drian announced in a statement from his ministry in Paris Saturday that jihadist fighters who encountered advancing French and Malian troops "saw their means of transport and their logistics sites destroyed".

No other details were provided, and there was no immediate word on possible casualties.

Gao has long been under the control of the al-Qaeda-linked Movement for Oneness and Jihad, or MUJAO.

hone lines in the town have been cut for days, making it hard for reporters to gain information about events there.

  • Smart Peace - 2013-01-26 17:04

    Good work

  • flysouth - 2013-01-26 18:10

    Let's hope they are wasting lots of Al-Qaeda scum. I expect they are, when the French operate in Africa, the gloves are OFF!

  • bone.marrow.501 - 2013-01-26 19:31

    The France need to solve french problems 1st

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