A Malian soldier - 16 January 2013
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Mali army 'regains Konna and Diabaly' from rebels

Islamist fighters have withdrawn from two towns in central Mali following French air strikes, officials say.

Mali's army earlier said it had recaptured Konna, which triggered the French intervention after it was seized by the rebels.

Now the mayor of Diabaly says soldiers have taken control of the town.

Andrew Harding reports.

  • 18 Jan 2013