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Malian soldiers find explosive stash in Gao

  • Article by: KRISTA LARSON
  • Associated Press
  • February 6, 2013 - 5:49 AM

GAO, Mali - Malian soldiers have found a stash of industrial-strength explosives in the city of Gao that can be used to make roadside bombs.

The soldiers patrolling on foot Wednesday made the discovery after a local official alerted them to the scene.

An Associated Press reporting team also viewed the stash of Nitram 5, which had been hidden inside rice bags that were dumped in a small square with other garbage from the town.

The French-led mission quickly took control of the northern cities of Timbuktu and Gao after launching the intervention in Mali.

However, there have been concerns of a counterinsurgency in the weeks since, especially after four Malian soldiers were killed when a land mine went off near their vehicle.

France's defense minister said Wednesday that Islamist extremists had fired rocket launchers outside Gao.

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