Posted: Feb 10, 2013 7:40 AM
Updated: Feb 10, 2013 7:40 AM
GAO, Mali (AP) Heavy gunfire erupted in the downtown area of the city of Gao.
The shooting was heard by journalists and residents Sunday afternoon.
The reason for the fighting was not immediately clear, but it comes hours after a suicide bomber detonated himself at a checkpoint at the entrance to the town. An earlier suicide bomber blew himself up in Gao Friday.
Gao, the most populous city in northern Mali, was retaken by French forces in recent weeks. But as the French military moved north to pursue the al-Qaida-linked extremists who had occupied northern Mali, jihadist cells near Gao began planting landmines and carrying out suicide attacks.