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Gunfire as Mali troops clash with Islamists in Gao

10 February 2013 Last updated at 23:57 GMT

Malian troops and suspected Islamist militants are exchanging heavy gunfire on the streets of Gao in northern Mali.

It comes a day after a suicide bomber blew himself up near a checkpoint at a northern entrance to the town - the second such attack in two days.

Gao was retaken just over two weeks ago by French and Malian forces, who supposedly drove out the Islamists.

James Kelly reports.