By Alan Boswell and Brahima Ouologuem
DIABALY, Mali -- Just as he was paid to do, Madou Ndaou stood guard over his bank in Diabaly and watched for days as Islamist rebels moved across the village battling French aircraft before finally disappearing Thursday evening.
"There were many Arabs, many blacks. Some were old, some were young. They spoke all different types of languages. They were all heavily armed," he said.
One observation in particular irked him.
"Some were boys as young as 15," he said, speaking on Sunday in Diabaly. "I was shocked."