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Weapons stash, rocket fire rattle Mali town of Gao

GAO, Mali — Soldiers combing abandoned jihadist hideouts and sand-dusted streets for weapons have found industrial-strength explosives, raising the specter Wednesday of bomb attacks by the jihadists who fled into the desert after the arrival of French forces.

As the French began talking about a timeline for a troop drawdown, there also were growing concerns that the ­Islamist militants may be creeping back toward their stronghold amid reports of clashes near Gao.

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