URGENT ¥¥¥ Shots fired in Mali's Timbuktu after infiltration bid

Exchanges of gunfire broke out in Mali's Timbuktu on Wednesday night after armed men attempted to enter the fabled city by force, a local government source said.

"Since last night we have heard gun shots in Timbuktu. There was an attempted infiltration and shooting broke out," which had lessened in intensity by Thursday morning, the official told AFP.