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URGENT ¥¥¥ Street battle erupts in Gao between Mali troops, Islamists


A gun battle between Malian soldiers and Islamist rebels erupted Sunday in the streets of Gao, the largest city in northern Mali, which has been rocked by suicide bombings each of the past two days.

Troops and rebels were trading gunfire early in the afternoon in the centre of the city, near the central police station, an AFP correspondent said.