URGENT ¥¥¥ More than 20 Islamists killed in Mali operation: France

France said more than 20 Islamist rebels were killed in an operation in northern Mali that resulted in the death Tuesday of a French soldier.

The French military's general staff said in a statement that 150 French and Malian soldiers had taken part in the operation launched on Monday that "was able to locate terrorists in their sanctuary, pursue and neutralise more than 20 of them".