Islamists attack Malian troops in Gao

Black-robed Islamic extremists armed with AK-47 automatic rifles snuck into the city of Gao in canoes Sunday to launch a surprise attack on the Malian army in the most populous city in northern Mali, two weeks after French and Malian troops ousted the jihadists.


The combat started at about 2 pm in downtown Gao and the gunfire was continuing as night fell. (AP)