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Malian army, supported by French allies, enters Douentza town
Last Updated(Beijing Time):2013-01-23 10:29

The Malian army, supported by its French allies, entered the town of Douentza on Monday morning.

"The allies are advancing towards the North," the security source affirmed.

The capture of Douentza is in addition to that of Konna and Diabaly, controlled by the armed group.

The Malian army, supported by its French allies, entered the town of Douentza early on Monday morning, a military source who spoke to Xinhua said on the same day.

The town of Douentza in Mopti region in Central Mali is situated about 165 km from Sevare where the Malian army and its French allies have established an operational command center.

The information regarding the capture of Douentza town from the hands of the terrorist group was equally confirmed by other sources close to the Information and Public Relations Department of the Malian army (DIRPA).

"The allies are advancing towards the North," the security source affirmed.

It will be recalled that Douentza town was captured on Sept. 1, 2012 by the fighters allied to the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) after they neutralized a local self-defense militia known as Ganda-Iso which was protecting the town.

The capture of Douentza town is in addition to that of Konna in Mopti region and Diabaly town near the Mauritanian border, which were recently being controlled by the armed group.

On last weekend, "targeted" bombardments by the Malian army supported by the French air-force helped to destroy the rear-bases of the rebels in Northern Mali.

Source:Xinhua 
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