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Mali troops battle Islamists in Gao

Africa

Gao, Mali -

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A Malian soldier takes cover behind a truck during exchanges of fire with jihadists in Gao, northern Mali.

Malian troops were battling armed Islamists in the northern Mali city of Gao on Thursday in clashes that left the main courthouse in flames, an AFP correspondent and a military source said.

Fighting had first erupted overnight in Gao, where a military official and witnesses reported heavy gunfire around two main entrances to the main city in the north of the country. - Sapa-AFP

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