Mali conflict

February 14, 2013 - 2:43:33 am
Children walk as they leave a school in Gao, northern Mali, yesterday. Mali risks descending into “catastrophic” violence after a string of attacks by Islamist rebels increased the pressure on French-led forces in the west African nation. After four days of suicide bombings and guerrilla fighting in Gao, fears of fresh attacks were high following a call from Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) for a holy war.