BAMAKO Jan 12 More than 100 people including
rebels and government soldiers were killed in Mali during French
air strikes and fighting over the strategic town of Konna,
Malian military sources and witnesses said on Saturday.
An army officer at the headquarters of Mali's former
military junta in Bamako said "over 100" rebels had been killed,
while a shopkeeper in Konna said he had counted 148 bodies,
among them several dozen government soldiers.
"We have driven them out, we are effectively in Konna,"
Malian Defence Ministry spokesman Lt. Col. Diaran Kone told
Reuters. "We don't know if they have planted mines or other
traps, so we are moving with caution. There were many deaths on