Mali: National Movement for the Liberation of the Azawad (MNLA) tuareg rebels seized Tinzawaten town
Tuareg rebels Wednesday said they had seized control of a northeastern region in Mali as UN chief Ban Ki-moon urged an end to the fighting amid growing global concern over the unrest.
“We took Tinzawaten on Wednesday,” said Mohamed Ag Ghaly, a Tuareg rebel fighter, referring to an area near the Algerian border.
“Our troops are occupying the town,” he said, speaking on the telephone. “We will give details about deaths and prisoners later.”
A Malian official confirmed the rebel claim, saying: “We asked our troops as a strategic measure to abandon their positions in Tinzawaten.”
He added that “there were no deaths and no fighting.”
“One of our current strategies is to abandon isolated positions,” the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.