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Sun Feb 10, 2013, 12:49 PM

Islamists attack Malian troops in Gao

Source: Associated Press

Islamists attack Malian troops in Gao

AP foreign, Sunday February 10 2013

Krista Larson

Associated Press= GAO, Mali (AP) Black-robed Islamic extremists armed with AK-47 automatic rifles penetrated the most populous city in northern Mali on Sunday, engaging the Malian army in combat in a surprise attack two weeks after French and Malian troops ousted the jihadists.

The attack in Gao shows the Islamic fighters, many of them well armed and with combat experience, are determined and daring and it foreshadows a protracted campaign by France and other nations to restore government control in this vast Saharan nation in northwest Africa.

The Islamic radicals fought against the Malian army for more than two hours and were seen roaming the streets and on rooftops in around the police headquarters in the center of Gao. Gunfire echoed across the city.

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