GAO, Mali (AP) — Malian soldiers have found a stash of industrial-strength explosives in the city of Gao that can be used to make roadside bombs.
The soldiers patrolling on foot Wednesday made the discovery after a local official alerted them to the scene.
An Associated Press reporting team also viewed the stash of Nitram 5, which had been hidden inside rice bags that were dumped in a small square with other garbage from the town.
The French-led mission quickly took control of the northern cities of Timbuktu and Gao after launching the intervention in Mali.
However, there have been concerns of a counterinsurgency in the weeks since, especially after four Malian soldiers were killed when a land mine went off near their vehicle.
France's defense minister said Wednesday that Islamist extremists had fired rocket launchers outside Gao.