Monday, July 17, 2017

Mali: Tuareg separatists of Coordination of Azawad Movements (CMA) and Gatia pro-government militia clashed in Anefi town

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Tuareg separatists seized a town in Mali’s desert north from a pro-government ethnic Tuareg militia after days of fighting, the separatists and a local legislator close to the government side said.

Fighting between rival Tuareg factions has intensified and threatens to derail a 2015 peace deal meant to end years of conflict and instability in the landlocked West African nation.

The rebel Co-ordination of Azawad Movements (CMA) and the pro-government Gatia are locked in a power struggle in northern Mali, despite the return of state authority to its cities in March for the first time since a 2012 Tuareg uprising.

“Anefis has been under control of the CMA since yesterday. Preparations are being made to retake it,” Ahamoudane Ag Ikmasse, a Gatia-allied local lawmaker in the nearby major city of Kidal told Reuters.

CMA spokesman Redouane Ag Mohamed Ali confirmed Anefis, a Sahara desert town, had been taken.

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