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URGENT ¥¥¥ 63 Malian soldiers, 600 Islamists killed since January: army


The Malian army said Wednesday 63 soldiers and some 600 Islamists had been killed since the launch of the French-led military action to regain the country's north from Islamist groups linked to Al-Qaeda.

"Since the start of the military offensive launched January 11, 2013 against the Islamists, the death toll is 63 Malian soldiers killed and our opponents have lost about 600 fighters," army spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Souleymane Maiga told AFP.