French troops fire on suspected Islamists in Mali town of Gao

GAO, Mali Feb 21 (Reuters) - French troops in armoured vehicles opened fire on suspected Islamists in the northern Malian town of Gao, a Reuters witness said.

The witness said French troops in at least three armoured vehicles were deployed in Gao's Independence Square and fired with heavy machineguns at the mayor's office, where Islamist rebels were holed up. (Reporting by Joe Penney; Writing by David Lewis; Editing by Pravin Char)