World Bulletin / News Desk
Government forces advanced into northern Mali on Friday and reached the town of Hombori, some 160 km (100 miles) south of the opposition stronghold of Gao, after French air strikes drove back the fighters, military sources said.
The sources on the ground, who declined to be identified, said the Malian army had moved forward after taking the central town of Douentza on Monday.
"We have taken Douentza and are now moving into other rebel-held towns," Defence Ministry spokesman Diaran Kone told Reuters, without providing further details.
On Thursday, around 160 troops from Burkina Faso deployed in the dusty central Malian town of Markala - the first West African troops to link up with French and Malian forces. France has some 2,150 troops on the ground.
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