French forces kill 10 extremists in northern Mali
24 December 2015, 14:26
Bamako - French forces in Mali say that they have killed about 10 extremists and recovered arms and explosives after heavy fighting in the country's north near Niger.
A statement from the French military on Wednesday said the forces also seized pick-up trucks and a dozen motorcycles after four hours of fighting with al-Mourabitoun extremists in Mali's northeastern Menaka region.
The Islamic extremist group was the first to claim responsibility for the attack on the Radisson Blu hotel that killed 20 people. It said it had worked with al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, saying it was their first joint operation.
A French-led operation pushed extremists from urban centers in northern Mali in 2013, but insecurity remains and extremists are launching attacks further south.
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