France: 15 Islamist Rebels Killed in Northern Mali Fighting

France says Malian and French troops killed at least 15 Islamist militants Thursday during fighting to retake government buildings in the northern Mali town of Gao.

The Defense Ministry says two French soldiers and four Malian troops were wounded in the fighting, which was centered on the town hall and mayor’s residence that had been occupied by the militants.

The militants are part of the Islamist group known as MUJAO, the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa. The group was one …