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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.
Al Qaeda's Yemen affiliate, AQAP, called for all Muslims to wage jihad in Mali to counter the French-led military intervention. French, Malian, and Nigerien troops are still trying to secure Gao, where residents fear further Islamist attacks. The UN warned against reprisal attacks on Arabs and Tuaregs.
Malian soldiers hunted in Gao for Islamist fighters who had staged a surprise attack on Feb. 10. In battles in Gao, three insurgents were killed and 11 taken captive, several Malian troops were wounded, and three civilians were killed and 11 wounded. French airstrikes hit targets in Gao, including a police station. MUJAO claimed the Feb. 8 and 9 suicide attacks.
A suicide bomber attacked the same checkpoint in Gao on Feb. 9 where another suicide bomber detonated the day before. The Feb. 9 bomber, said to be an Arab from MUJAO, killed only himself; a Malian soldier was wounded. MUJAO fighters penetrated into Gao and attacked Malian troops, who battled the Islamist fighters in the streets of the city.
Malian soldiers arrested two jihadists with explosives at a checkpoint outside Gao, one day after a suicide attack in the city. The bomber in yesterday's attack had been living in a house in Gao that was a known militant hideout, where Moktar Belmoktar had visited and MUJAO leaders had stayed.
French special forces parachuted into Tessalit and seized the town and its airfield. A suicide bomber on a motorbike detonated near a Malian army checkpoint in Gao, killing himself and slightly injuring a Malian soldier. The Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa claimed the bombing and threatened further attacks. Gunfighting between rival Malian army factions in Bamako left two people dead and 13 others wounded. European Union military trainers began to arrive in the country.