Fighting between Islamist insurgents and French goes on in Mali

A French helicopter destroyed a police station in a pre-dawn assault, after rebels from hiding in the building opened fire on Malian troops
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Children visit a damaged police station one day after Islamist gunmen battled French and Malian troops following two straight days of suicide bombings, on February 11, 2013 in Gao. (AFP/Getty Images)
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A child sits on the surrounding wall of a bullet riddled police station one day after Islamist gunmen battled French and Malian troops following two straight days of suicide bombings, on February 11, 2013 in Gao. (AFP/Getty Images)
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A Malian soldier stands guard at a check-point set on the road leading to Bourem, on February 11, 2013 in Gao, one day after Islamist gunmen battled French and Malian troops following two straight days of suicide bombings. (AFP/Getty Images)
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A Malian soldier points his machine gun at a man to arrest him at a checkpoint one day after Islamist gunmen battled French and Malian troops, on February 11, 2013 in Gao. (AFP/Getty Images)
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A Malian man washes his feet with water after he has been injured, on February 11, 2013 at the hospital in Gao, one day after Islamist gunmen battled French and Malian troops. A French attack helicopter destroyed the central police station in Gao in a pre-dawn assault, after rebels from the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) hiding in the building opened fire on Malian troops Sunday, sparking an hours-long street battle. (AFP/Getty Images)
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French soldiers holding FAMAS F1 assault rifles patrol next to the central police station, on February 11, 2013 in Gao, one day after Islamist gunmen battled French and Malian troops. A French attack helicopter destroyed the central police station in Gao in a pre-dawn assault, after rebels from the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) hiding in the building opened fire on Malian troops Sunday, sparking an hours-long street battle. (AFP/Getty Images)
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French soldiers patrol aboard an armoured vehicle near the central police station on February 11, 2013 in Gao, one day after Islamist gunmen battled French and Malian troops. A French attack helicopter destroyed the central police station in Gao in a pre-dawn assault, after rebels from the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) hiding in the building opened fire on Malian troops Sunday, sparking an hours-long street battle. (AFP/Getty Images)
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A French sniper holds position as French soldiers patrol next to the central police station, on February 11, 2013 in Gao, one day after Islamist gunmen battled French and Malian troops. A French attack helicopter destroyed the central police station in Gao in a pre-dawn assault, after rebels from the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) hiding in the building opened fire on Malian troops Sunday, sparking an hours-long street battle. (AFP/Getty Images)