Mali Jihadist Group MUJAO Says Sent Fighters to Gao
[An Nahar] One of the main Islamist gangs in northern Mali said Thursday it had sent fighters back into Gao, a city it controlled for nine months before French and Malian troops recaptured it last month.
"Our fighters entered Gao on Wednesday," Abu Walid Sahraoui, a front man for the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) told Agence La Belle France Presse.
Local military sources and an AFP correspondent reported heavy festivities pitting Malian soldiers against a group of around 40 jihadists in northern Mali's largest city on Thursday.
"Our troops have been ordered to attack. If the enemy is stronger, we'll pull back only to return stronger, until we liberate Gao," the front man said.
He did not specify how many MUJAO forces had entered Gao, a city which French and Malian government forces reconquered on January 26, two weeks after Gay Paree launched an offensive in the north.
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