France confirms 20 Mali strikes
28 January 2013, 11:51
Paris - The French defence ministry on Sunday confirmed carrying out at least 20 airstrikes on targets held by armed Islamists in two northern Malian regions, but not against the house of Islamist leader Iyad Ag Ghaly.
"Around 20 air missions have been carried out in the last 36 hours in the regions of Gao and Timbuktu," the ministry said in a statement.
A French military source denied an earlier report by a Malian security source that the home of Ag Ghaly, the leader of Islamist group Ansar Dine (Defenders of the Faith), had been destroyed, telling AFP it was "still standing".