GAO: Malian soldiers patrolling a city recently abandoned by Islamic insurgents uncovered a stash of industrial-strength explosives today.
They found grenades at another site and a possible booby-trapped vehicle, underscoring the risk of urban terror-style attacks.
The discoveries came a day after one rocket fired by suspected militants landed in a dusty residential neighborhood of Gao and French soldiers clashed with militants outside the town.
The developments highlight the complications for the military intervention by France and the risks of a looming French troop drawdown.
French President Francois Hollande said France may start pulling out of this vast nation in northwest Africa at the end of March.