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URGENT ¥¥¥ Mali troops battle Islamists in Gao, courthouse ablaze

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(Globalpost/GlobalPost)

Malian troops were battling armed Islamists in the northern Mali city of Gao on Thursday in clashes that left the main courthouse in flames, an AFP correspondent and a military source said.

Fighting had first erupted overnight in Gao, where a military official and witnesses reported heavy gunfire around two main entrances to the main city in the north of the country.

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