Al-Qaeda-linked rebels claimed a car bomb attack near a camp housing French troops on Thursday as Malian and foreign forces battled to secure Mali's volatile north against Islamist fighters.
French soldiers fight while clashes erupted in the city of Gao on February 21, 2013. Rebels were driven from landmarks in the city of Gao in deadly clashes Thursday, Paris said, as French-backed forces battled to secure Mali's volatile north against Islamist fighters.
At least two civilians were wounded after a vehicle exploded near a camp occupied by French and Chadian troops in the city of Kidal, local officials said, in what appeared to be the conflict's first car bombing.
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