Fighting returns to streets of northern town of Gao


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The Independent Online

Government troops fought gun battles with Islamist insurgents in the streets of the northern town of Gao today, highlighting fragile security in zones recently recaptured by a French-led military offensive.

Gunfire resounded through the sandy streets and mud-coloured houses of the ancient town on the Niger River, just hours after French and Malian forces reinforced a checkpoint that was attacked for the second time in two days by a suicide bomber.

“Islamists who have infiltrated the town are trying to attack our positions. But we’re fighting back,” a Malian army officer said.