URGENT ¥¥¥ France says Malian soldier, 10 Islamists slain in Timbuktu

France said Thursday around ten Islamist fighters and one Malian soldier had been killed in overnight fighting near Timbuktu airport in northern Mali.

Army spokesman Colonel Thierry Burkhard said the Islamists had used a car bomb in the attack late on Wednesday, triggering clashes which continued until 7:00 a.m. (0700 GMT).