A Malian soldiers tries to disperse the crowd on January 29, 2013 in Timbuktu as residents plunder stores they say belong to Arabs, Mauritanians and Algerians
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Looting and tension in liberated Timbuktu

French-led troops are trying to consolidate their position in the historic Malian city of Timbuktu after seizing it from Islamist extremists.

The BBC's Thomas Fessy says feelings of enthusiasm and jubilation that met the arrival of French troops have been replaced by tension and desire for revenge.

  • 29 Jan 2013
  • From the section Africa
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