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Mali rocked by renewed violence in Kidal

Mali rocked by renewed violence in Kidal

Mali

UN said fighting broke out on Thursday in the town of Kidal in Mali’s desert north between pro-government militia and a Tuareg-dominated rebel coalition.

A Kidal resident, Ahamadou Thegoum said they were in the mosque when they heard a few gunshots.

“The sound of gunfire was more intense than yesterday. It started u p again around 5am this morning” he said.

The sound of gunfire was more intense than yesterday. It started u p again around 5am this morning.

The violence highlights the increasingly break-down of a UN backed deal signed a year ago between the government in the southern capital Bamako and northern armed groups meant to bring to an end a long cycle of uprisings.

Mali’s peace keeping mission, MINUSMA says the fighting was a violation of the ceasefire by both rival groups which they had agreed to, as part of a deal.

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