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French, Malian troops secure Gao

GAO, Mali — Malian soldiers scoured the city of Gao on Monday for remnants of the radical Islamic fighters who invaded the town and engaged in an hourslong fight with soldiers before French and Malian forces regained control.

Sunday’s brazen assault marked the first time the jihadists had penetrated the city of mud-walled buildings since they fled two weeks ago. The attack also showed the Al Qaeda-linked militants’ intent to fight for control of Gao, which they had ruled for nearly 10 months.

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