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Residents of Malian town detail civilian casualties after French air strikes hit Konna

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    Malian people welcome French soldiers as they arrive in the city of Sevare, Mali, some 620 kms (385 miles) north of Bamako, Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. Mali's military and French forces pushed toward Gao on Friday, in their farthest move north and east since launching an operation two weeks ago to retake land controlled by the rebels, residents and a security official said Friday. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)The Associated Press

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    French soldiers stand at a crossroads as they arrive in the city of Sevare, Mali, some 620 kms (385 miles) north of Bamako, Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. Mali's military and French forces pushed toward Gao on Friday, in their farthest move north and east since launching an operation two weeks ago to retake land controlled by the rebels, residents and a security official said Friday. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)The Associated Press

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    A Malian soldier stops at the Aviator's Club bar to watch an African Cup of Nations football match in Sevare, some 620 kms (400 miles) north of Mali's capital Bamako Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. One wing of Mali's Ansar Dine rebel group has split off to create its own movement, saying that they want to negotiate a solution to the crisis in Mali, in a declaration that indicates at least some of the members of the al-Qaida-linked group are searching for a way out of the extremist movement in the wake of French airstrikes. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)The Associated Press

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    In this picture provided by the French Army Communications Audiovisual office (ECPAD) and taken Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, a Chad soldier for the African-led international support mission to Mali has boarded an aircraft in N'Djamena, Chad, bound for Bamako, the capital of Mali. The French currently have some 2,400 forces in Mali and have said that they will stay as long as needed in the former French colony. However, they have called for African nations to take the lead in fortifying the Malian army's efforts. (AP Photo/ECPAD,Nicolas Vissac)The Associated Press

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    In this picture provided by the French Army Communications Audiovisual office (ECPAD) and taken Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, Chad soldiers for the African-led international support mission to Mali wait to board an aircraft in N'Djamena, Chad, bound for Bamako, the capital of Mali. The French currently have some 2,400 forces in Mali and have said that they will stay as long as needed in the former French colony. However, they have called for African nations to take the lead in fortifying the Malian army's efforts. (AP Photo/ECPAD,Nicolas Vissac)The Associated Press

Residents of a Malian town are describing civilian casualties from airstrikes used by France to drive out Islamic militants.

The Malian military allowed international journalists into Konna on Saturday for the first time since the French-led operation targeted the town two weeks ago.

Souleymane Maiga told The Associated Press how three women and one child died on Jan. 11 when their courtyard was strafed with bullets. One of the women's children survived.

Konna's mayor has confirmed that at least 11 civilians died during the military operation.

French forces launched their offensive a day after the Islamists surged southward and occupied Konna. The rebels were later driven out, and the town is now under the control of the Malian military.