World Bulletin / News Desk
Nine people were killed in clashes in northern Mali this week between suspected separatist forces, military sources said on Friday.
The clashes north of the city of Timbuktu involved separatists and suspected members of the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa (MUJWA), a group linked to al Qaeda, said a separatist spokesman and two military sources who declined to be identified.
"The fighting is over," said Akay Ag Mohamed, a spokesman in the northern town of Kidal for the separatist National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA). "The MNLA fighters have returned to Kidal. We took seven prisoners and killed nine of the enemy."
The landlocked former French colony of Mali was thrown into turmoil when Islamist fighters took over the country's north after a 2012 rebellion led by Tuaregs.
French troops drove back the Islamists last year, elections were held and a U.N. peace-keeping mission of thousands of French and U.N. troops has been established.
A spokesman for the U.N. military mission in Mali, MINUSMA, said he had been informed of clashes but declined to give further details.Last Mod: 03 Mayıs 2014, 12:49