AU condemns rebel attacks in northern Mali

Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The African Union (AU) has strongly condemned the attacks perpetrated by armed groups in the towns of Ménaka, Aguelhok and Tessalit, in northern Mali, affirming its support to the Malian government, according to a communiqué issued here Monday.

Since last Wednesday, Mali has been facing attacks by armed bandits of the Touareg ethnic group which is claims to belong to the National Liberation Movement of the Azawad (MNLA).

Essentially made up of Libyan combatants of Malian origin, and belonging to the Touareg ethnic group, the attackers returned to Mali after the toppling of Mouammar Kadhafi's regime.

The MNLA is claiming independence of the northern part of Mali.

Meanwhile, Malian military says it is in control of the situation in the area.
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23 january 2012 15:08:01




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