1,500 troops sent to retake rebel stronghold in Mali – military

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Mali has sent 1,500 troops to retake the rebel stronghold of Kidal after Tuareg separatists staged a siege in local government offices, sparking a gun battle in which dozens of people were killed.

“Fifteen hundred Malian soldiers arrived in Kidal in the last 24 hours. They are continuing to come,” a foreign military source told AFP.

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