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French planes carried out major air strikes in northern Mali overnight, the army reports, after President François Hollande’s visit to the country Saturday. The bombardment took place near Kidal and in Tessalit region, both near the Algerian border.
The air strikes targeted “logistical depots and training centres” run by armed Islamist groups in the border area, spokesperson Thierry Burkhard said Sunday.