French troops reach the gates of Timbuktu
AFP · 28 Jan 2013, 09:17
Published: 28 Jan 2013 09:17 GMT+01:00
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The troops encountered no resistance as they moved toward the city, one of the main bastions of the Islamist fighters who have controlled Mali's vast desert north for 10 months.
"We control the airport at Timbuktu," a senior officer with the Malian army told AFP. "We did not encounter any resistance."
In Paris, a military spokesman said the French-led troops now controlled access to the city as well as the territory between Timbuktu and Gao, the main city that had been under Islamist control.