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French defense minister insists troops didn't bomb Mali wedding party

French defense minister insists troops didn't bomb Mali wedding party
France's defense minister on Sunday denied reports that its fighter jets struck civilians at a wedding party in central Mali a week ago, saying that only jihadis were targeted and hit and that she verified the information herself after claims that at least 20 civilians were killed.

Some reports said that a helicopter bombed people celebrating a wedding in the village of Bounti, but Defense Minister Florence Parly said no helicopters were engaged in the Jan.It was men, exclusively," Parly said in an interview on broadcaster France Inter.Parly said any decisions would come at a summit of Sahel nations in Chad next month.They did, but "it's not our calling to be in Mali eternally," Parly said.

French defense minister insists troops didn't bomb Mali wedding party French soldiers stand in an honor guard on Thursday Jan.CHRISTOPHE ENA/AP PARIS — France's defense minister on Sunday denied reports that its fighter jets struck civilians at a wedding party in central Mali a week ago, saying that only jihadis were targeted and hit and that she verified the information herself after claims that at least 20 civilians were killed.

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