Thursday, April 30, 2015

Mali: Clashes between army and Tuareg rebels leave 19 dead in Lere town


Ten militants and nine soldiers have died in clashes between the Malian army and a Tuareg rebel alliance, the defence ministry said on Thursday, raising fears for the country’s fragile peace process.

The announcement came a day after fighters from the Tuareg-led Coordination for the Movements of Azawad (CMA) ambushed military positions in the central town of Lere, near the Mauritanian border.

“The provisional toll of the clashes is: armed forces — nine dead, six injured, six hostages, one damaged vehicle. Enemy side: 10 dead and 16 injured, two vehicles destroyed; one vehicle, arms and ammunition recovered,” the ministry said in a statement.

Defence Minister Tieman Hubert Coulibaly said Lere was under control and “encourages the armed forces to fulfil their duty with determination to the service of our country”, the statement said.

The News:
http://www.ngrguardi … ad-defence-ministry/



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