World Bulletin / News Desk
French and Malian troops retook control of Timbuktu, a UNESCO World Heritage site, on Monday after fighters fled the ancient Sahara trading town.
The control of Timbuktu followed the swift capture by French and Malian forces at the weekend of Gao, another major town in Mali's north.
Without a shot being fired, 1,000 French soldiers and paratroopers and 200 Malian troops seized Timbuktu airport and surrounded the town on the banks of the Niger River, looking to block the escape of insurgents.
Malian Tuareg MNLA rebels, who are seeking autonomy for their northern region, said on Monday they had taken charge in Kidal after fighters abandoned it.
A diplomat in Bamako confirmed the MNLA takeover of Kidal.Last Mod: 29 Ocak 2013, 13:59