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African forces boost Mali offensive, concern over abuses

Malian soldiers patrol in Diabaly on Wednesday after French and Malian troops recaptured the frontline towns of Diabaly and Douentza in a major boost to their push north to flush out al-Qaeda-linked rebels. Photo: AFP

African forces moved towards Mali’s centre on Thursday, as the European Union joined a chorus of concern over summary killings and abuses in the offensive on al-Qaeda-linked groups.

Thursday, 24 January, 2013, 5:52pm

French-backed Malian troops reclaim key town from rebels

Nigerian soldiers sit in military trucks before leaving for Mali. Photo: Reuters

The Malian army backed by French troops on Friday wrested a key central town from Islamist rebels, as the UN warned up to a million people could be driven from their homes by fighting in coming months.

18 Jan 2013 - 10:02pm

Mali and French troops in fresh clashes with Islamists

Video grab provided by a group calling itself "al-Sahara Media Foundation" reportedly shows al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) fighters preparing for war in northern Mali. Photo: AFP

Fresh clashes erupted overnight between the Malian army, backed by French troops, and Islamist insurgents encircling the central town of Konna, military sources said.

Fighting broke out on Wednesday near the town, whose capture by Islamist rebels last week prompted France to intervene in a bid to drive back the insurgents who have controlled northern Mali since April.

18 Jan 2013 - 4:32am