A Malian soldier mans a checkpoint on the outskirt of Diabaly, Mali, some 460kms (320 miles) north of the capital Bamako Monday Jan. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Paris - Malian soldiers have carried out multiple summary executions and other serious human rights abuses since the start of a French-backed offensive against Islamist extremists, a major rights group said Wednesday.

The International Federation of Human Rights Leagues called for an immediate independent inquiry commission to “determine the scale of the abuses and to punish the perpetrators.” - Sapa-AFP