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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.