URGENT ¥¥¥ 15 Islamists die in overnight Mali fighting: France

Around 15 Islamic militants were killed overnight in heavy fighting with French and Chadian forces in northeastern Mali, French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told BFMTV Tuesday.

The defence ministry has said dozens of Islamists have died in the area over the past few days. A third French soldier died in the conflict on Saturday.