French lead all-night bombing campaign in central Malian town of Diabaly

Residents of the besieged town of Diabaly say they are cowering inside their homes, after an all-night bombing campaign by French special forces, aimed at dislodging the Islamic extremists who seized the town on Monday.

On Tuesday morning, Ibrahim Toure told The Associated Press by telephone that he heard explosions throughout the night, coming from the direction of Diabaly's military camp.

A commander of the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa, one of the extremist groups controlling northern Mali, taunted the French. He said that his fighters control Diabaly, as well as Konna, the first town bombed by the French last week. He told AP: "I would advise France not to sing their victory song too quickly. They managed to leave Afghanistan. They will never leave Mali."