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Chadian soldiers patrol the streets of Gao, Northern Mali, Monday Jan. 28, 2013. French and Malian troops held a strategic bridge and the airport in the northern town of Gao on Sunday as their force also pressed toward Timbuktu, another stronghold of Islamic extremists in northern Mali, officials said.

Jerome Delay, Associated Press

Amnesty report: Malian soldiers committed abuses

  • Article by: Kl-am
  • Associated Press
  • February 1, 2013 - 5:04 AM

SEVARE, Mali - An international human rights group says it has documented cases of the Malian military killing civilians and says other people have disappeared since the conflict began.

In a report released Friday, Amnesty International cited witnesses saying the Malian army had arrested more than 24 civilians on the eve of the French-led intervention on Jan. 11.

Amnesty says it is feared that many were later killed by soldiers and some bodies were thrown down a well in Sevare. The Associated Press had earlier reported killings of civilians by the Malian army in Sevare.

The Malian government has promised to investigate allegations of human rights abuses by its soldiers.

France has said that it wants to hand over responsibility to the Malian army and other African counterparts.

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