The Malian army came under attack today from gunmen in the northern rebel stronghold of Kidal, the regional governor said, three days after peace talks with rebels broke down.
French airstrikes targeted the fuel depots and desert hideouts of Islamic extremists in northern Mali overnight as a military spokeswoman said that French forces plan to hand control of Timbuktu to the Malian army this week.
UN Special Adviser on the prevention of genocide, Adama Dieng, reportedly said that he was “deeply disturbed” after reports of retaliatory attacks by Malian troops emerged.
French President Francois Hollande, who announced the surprise deployment, did not reveal how many French soldiers were on the ground or exactly what their mission is.
Day in Pics: 29th August
August 29, 2014
Famous Ganesh Pandals in Mumbai