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Mali: BBC reports from inside seized Diabaly

22 January 2013 Last updated at 06:49 GMT

French and Malian troops have seized the key Malian towns of Diabaly and Douentza from militant Islamists.

The Islamist fighters fled after a French bombing campaign began on 11 January. Diabaly had been deliberately targeted for its army garrison and weapons supply.

Residents have revealed that not all the militants were foreign - some were well-known locals who have switched sides.

Andrew Harding reports from Diabaly.