Tuareg rebels release 30 hostages in northern Mali

Around 30 hostages held since deadly siege in northern city of Kidal have been freed.

Tuareg rebels release 30 hostages in northern Mali

World Bulletin/News Desk

Tuareg rebels on Monday released 30 hostages in the northern city of Kidal.

In a statement, the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad said that the hostages had been handed over to the International Committee of the Red Cross and the UN force, known as Minusma.

Minusma, for its part, confirmed that 30 hostages had been released by the Tuareg rebels.

The Malian army, meanwhile, released two Tuareg rebels and handed them over to Minusma, a Malian political source said, giving no further details.

Malian authorities have no confirmed the report.

The Malian Defense Ministry had said that at least 36 people had been killed and 87 others injured in clashes between army forces and Tuareg rebels in Kidal on Saturday.

Tension erupted in this West African country in 2012 following a failed coup and a Tuareg rebellion, which at the end allowed Al-Qaeda-linked groups to take over half of the country.

Former colonial power France sent troops into the country and, with the help of Chadian and other African forces, chased the rebels out of northern Mali's main cities.

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