PARIS Jan 13 French fighter jets and attack
helicopters bombed rebel positions in the Malian town of Gao on
Sunday, residents said, as France pushed its military campaign
towards northern Islamist strongholds.
"Two helicopters are bombarding the positions of the
Islamists, who are trying to fight back," said resident Soumaila
Maiga. "The planes are so fast you only hear their sound in the
A spokesman for Ansar Dine, one of the main Islamist
factions, said French aircraft had also attacked its positions
in the smaller towns of Lere and Douentza, further south.