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Jan 9, 2013 Comments Off spratico

Magharebia-Ansar al-Din on Monday (January 7th) launched an assault on a Malian army unit in Savare, 600km southwest of Gao, ANI reported. The armed Islamists were led by al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) chiefs, according to al-Akhbar.

They fighters sought to take control of the Mopti airport, which reportedly could serve as a rear base for African forces.

The armed Islamists captured at least 12 government soldiers near Mopti, Al Jazeera reported.