Heavy fighting in northern Mali has left at least 50 rebel fighters and a French soldier dead, officials said Sunday, as Chad promised to prove its soldiers had killed two top Islamist militants.
The French and Malian national flags fly outside Bore's mosque, near Mopti, on March 2, 2013. Heavy clashes in northern Mali have left at least 50 rebel fighters and a French soldier dead, officials said Sunday, following reports that two top Islamist militants were killed in recent days.
French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian called for "caution" on Chad's reports that its soldiers in Mali recently killed Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the mastermind of January's assault on an Algerian gas plant that left 38 hostages dead, and Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) commander Abdelhamid Abou Zeid.
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