French planes bomb Gao, as more troops head to Mali in 3rd day of battle for north

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Associated Press

Posted on January 13, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Updated Sunday, Jan 13 at 10:05 AM

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Three residents of the provincial capital of Gao in northern Mali say that French planes have bombed the city, hitting the airport, a building which served as the headquarters of the Islamic police and a militant base.

Abderahmane Dicko, a teacher, said that he heard the planes in the sky on Sunday between noon and 1 p.m. He says the bombs were dropped on specific locations in the city known to be occupied by the al-Qaida-linked rebels controlling the town.

The bombardment was confirmed by two other residents, Ahmadou Fneidy and Younouss Toure.

French President Francois Hollande authorized airstrikes over Mali on Friday, after the Islamists controlling the north pushed even further south, taking the town of Konna last Thursday.

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