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A Malian soldier holds a position in front of the courthouse on... News Photo2012-2013 Northern Mali Conflict,Africa,Aiming,Armed Forces,Army Soldier,Conflict,Courthouse,Gao Region,Helmet,Holding,Horizontal,Lying Down,Mali,Military Attack,Position,Rear View,Submachine Gun,War,WeaponPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPA Malian soldier holds a position in front of the courthouse on February 22, 2013 in Gao. Five people, including two suicide bombers, died Friday in car bombings in northern Mali, a day after fierce urban battles between French-led forces and Islamists left up to 20 extremists dead, officials said. France sent troops to Mali on January 11 to help the Malian army oust Islamist militants who last year captured the desert north of the country. AFP PHOTO /JOEL SAGET (Photo credit should read JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images)