Surge in militant attacks in Mali challenges French and UN forces

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Mali, French and UN troops face attacks similar to those employed by Islamist militant movements Boko Haram in Nigeria and Somalia’s al-Shabaab.

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The lights of the French military base in the northern Malian city of Gao fade into the distance as a convoy of vehicles winds its way up the nearby Batal plateau to stop militants from using the area to fire rockets at the town, reports Bloomberg.