Mali Tuareg rebels seize key garrison town of Gao
1 April 2012 Last updated at 08:21 BST
Mali's Tuareg-led rebels have taken control of the garrison town of Gao, including the largest military base in the north of the country.
Capt Amadou Sanogo, whose troops seized power in a coup last week, said in a statement that his soldiers had ceded control to avoid fighting in residential areas.
Zoe Conway reports.