World Bulletin / News Desk
Malian Tuareg MNLA rebels said on Monday they were now in control of the northern town of Kidal after their former Islamist allies abandoned it.
"Now it is us who are in control," Colonel Mohamed Ag Najim, the MNLA's military commander, told Reuters by satellite phone from the northeastern town after Gao and Timbuktu were taken by French and Malian troops.
Asked where fighters from the Ansar Dine group which held the town were, Ag Najim replied: "They are gone".
Another MNLA contacted by Reuters gave the same account but there was no immediate independent confirmation.Last Mod: 28 Ocak 2013, 17:43