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Mali residents turn over Islamists to military

GAO, Mali — Residents in Mali’s newly liberated city of Gao hunted down and beat suspected Islamist extremists who had not fled with their brothers-in-arms as Malian and French military forces closed in and retook the town.

Malian troops bundled the men into an army truck Tuesday, their hands bound behind their backs. For the better part of a year, the Al Qaeda-linked extremists had banned music, insisted women cover themselves, and began carrying out public executions and amputations in the towns of northern Mali that they controlled.

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