A French soldier speaks with his Malian counterpart on the banks of the Niger River outside Gao in northern Mali. French troops began to withdraw from Timbuktu on Thursday after securing the fabled city.

Bamako, France -

A gunfight erupted on Friday in the Malian capital as soldiers attacked a camp of elite paratroopers loyal to ousted president Amadou Toumani Toure, military sources and witnesses told AFP.

“From 6.00am (local and GMT) heavily armed soldiers, from all units, attacked the camp,” said Yaya Bouare, one of the “Red Beret” soldiers inside the camp that was attacked. “There are many injured inside the camp.” - Sapa-AFP