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Two suicide car bombings in Tessalit killed at least five people, including civilians. Malian and French forces killed 15 Islamists in Gao; four Malian and two French soldiers were wounded, and six Malian military vehicles were destroyed. Russia sent humanitarian aid. The ICRC warned of the plight of Malian civilians
Islamist gunmen, some disguised as women, infiltrated into Gao from across the Niger River. French and Malian troops fired at militants holed up in the mayor's office. A MUJAO spokesman said the group has been ordered to "liberate Gao." A car bomb exploded in Kidal near barracks housing French and Chadian troops, killing the driver and another man. An AQIM tipsheet in Timbuktu advised on avoiding drone strikes.
A member of the French Foreign Legion was killed in an ongoing operation against Islamists holed up in the Ifoghas mountains; some 20 Islamist fighters are also said to have been killed. President Hollande said France is now "in the last phase of the operation in Mali."
French and Malian troops secured Bourem, a former Islamist stronghold about 50 miles north of Gao. The Community of Sahel-Saharan States pledged 760,000 euros to support the AFISMA mission in Mali. The US has conducted at least 22 refueling missions to support the intervention in Mali.
A document found in bombed Islamist headquarters in Timbuktu shows a plan by al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb to muscle in on efforts of other Islamist groups in Mali. French troops recovered a cache of some 1,700 pounds of explosive materials from a house in Gao, raising fears of more bombings by Islamist militants; a stash of NITRAM 5 explosives was found last week.