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Mali crisis: French-led troops take control of Timbuktu

28 January 2013 Last updated at 22:35 GMT

French-led troops in Mali have entered the historic city of Timbuktu encountering little resistance, French and Malian military sources say.

But there are reports of thousands of ancient manuscripts being destroyed, with video footage of the library showing charred books and empty boxes.

They have been pushing north in their offensive against Islamist rebels.

The BBC's Thomas Fessy reports from Timbuktu.