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Islamists flee Malian town after French airstrikes

 Travelers are checked by Malian soldiers at a checkpoint in Niono, some 400 kms (300 miles) North of the capital Bamako Saturday Jan. 19, 2013. Frenc...
 A Malian well-wisher displays his French flag as French soldiers enter Niono, Mali, some 400 kms (300 miles) north of the capital Bamako Saturday Jan...
 This photo provided Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, by the ECPAD shows a soldier guarding a British Royal Airforce C17 at Bamako airport, Friday, Jan. 18, 2...
 A Malian woman checks her phone in front of Malian soldiers in Niono, some  400 kms (300 miles) North of the capital Bamako Saturday Jan. 19, 2013. F...
 Malian soldiers jubilate as they return to Niono, from Diabaly, some 400 kms (300 miles) North of the capital Bamako, Saturday Jan. 19, 2013. French ...
 Malian soldiers jubilate as they return to Niono, from Diabaly, some 400 kms (300 miles) North of the capital Bamako, Saturday Jan. 19, 2013. French ...
 Malian soldiers jubilate as they return to Niono, from Diabaly, some 400 kms (300 miles) North of the capital Bamako, Saturday Jan. 19, 2013. French ...

Mali Fighting

Travelers are checked by Malian soldiers at a checkpoint in Niono, some 400 kms (300 miles) North of the capital Bamako Saturday Jan. 19, 2013. Frenc...

Mali Fighting

A Malian well-wisher displays his French flag as French soldiers enter Niono, Mali, some 400 kms (300 miles) north of the capital Bamako Saturday Jan...

Mali Fighting

This photo provided Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, by the ECPAD shows a soldier guarding a British Royal Airforce C17 at Bamako airport, Friday, Jan. 18, 2...

Mali Fighting

A Malian woman checks her phone in front of Malian soldiers in Niono, some 400 kms (300 miles) North of the capital Bamako Saturday Jan. 19, 2013. F...

Mali Fighting

Malian soldiers jubilate as they return to Niono, from Diabaly, some 400 kms (300 miles) North of the capital Bamako, Saturday Jan. 19, 2013. French ...

Mali Fighting

Malian soldiers jubilate as they return to Niono, from Diabaly, some 400 kms (300 miles) North of the capital Bamako, Saturday Jan. 19, 2013. French ...

Mali Fighting

Malian soldiers jubilate as they return to Niono, from Diabaly, some 400 kms (300 miles) North of the capital Bamako, Saturday Jan. 19, 2013. French ...

Video from a Malian town which radical Islamists fled after days of French airstrikes shows the street dotted with burned out vehicles and scattered bullets.
The central town of Diabaly remained calm Sunday, a day after it came back under government control.
The Associated Press obtained video filmed by a local resident, which shows people from the town inspecting the fighters' vehicles and charred weaponry which had been destroyed by French airstrikes and Malian ground forces.
Malian military spokesman Capt. Modibo Traore said Saturday evening that soldiers had secured the town.
The departure of the Islamists from Diabaly marks a success for the French-led military intervention that began Jan. 11 to oust the Islamists.
They first took control of the north nine months ago after a coup.


Updated : 2021-07-30 16:45 GMT+08:00