Last updated: February 20. 2013 3:02AM - 170 Views

Story Tools:

Font Size:

Social Media:

(AP) An official in the central Malian down of Douentza says radical Islamists have retreated from the town after holding it for four months.

News of the militants' departure came Monday, the same day French and Malian forces secured another town, Diabaly.

Sali Maiga, a town adviser in Douentza, said that French and Malian forces arrived in Douentza on Monday around 11 a.m.

Maiga says the Islamists, who first captured Douentza in September, had left the town the previous week.

France began a military intervention Jan. 11 to dislodge the Islamists from their strongholds in northern and central Mali after they began advancing farther south. France has said it will stay as long as it takes, though says other African countries must take the lead.

Associated Press
All user comments are subject to our Terms of Service. Users may flag inappropriate comments.
comments powered by Disqus

Featured Businesses


Info Minute

Gas Prices

Wilkes-Barre Gas Prices provided by GasBuddy.com