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Fighting in Mali's North between Tuaregs, Government Militia

Fighting in Mali's North between Tuaregs, Government Militia
Prisoners released by the Malian government before peace talks stand at the military airfield before being transported to the north of the country, in Bamako. (REUTERS/Adama Diarra)

Monday, 17 August 2015 12:36 PM

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A spokesman for a Tuareg separatist group says fighting has broken out between its supporters and government-allied militias in Mali's north, despite a peace accord.

Almouzamil Ag Mohamed, spokesman for the Coordination of Azawad Movements, said that they were dislodged from their positions in Edjerer in the Kidal region by the government-allied militias over the weekend. He said the government-allied groups held territory in the Amassine area.

Fahad Ag Mahmoud, a leader of the militia, confirmed the fighting and blamed it on the Tuareg separatists.

Neither side gave casualty figures.

Mali's government late Sunday called for peace. It signed peace accords with armed groups and separatists in May and June.

Mali's north continues to be troubled by attacks by Islamic extremists targeting U.N. peacekeepers and government forces.

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A spokesman for a Tuareg separatist group says fighting has broken out between its supporters and government-allied militias in Mali's north, despite a peace accord.Almouzamil Ag Mohamed, spokesman for the Coordination of Azawad Movements, said that they were dislodged from...
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