MALI:NORTHEN MALIAN FACTIONS CLASH AHEAD OF PEACE TALKS

A spokesman for the Platform, an alliance of pro-government groups, said CMA separatists attacked two Platform positions in the early morning, the third consecutive day of clashes.

 

“I think that they are looking for a pretext to boycott the meeting in Niamey by saying there are clashes in the north,” said Fahad Ag Almahamoud, a leader of the Gatia militia, which belongs to the Platform.

 

He said his group had suffered no casualties in the fighting that occurred on two fronts near the towns of Anefis and Amassine in the northern Kidal region from around 6 a.m.

 

Ag Almahamoud said Platform fighters seized Anefis just before midday, and a CMA combatant confirmed that the rebels had lost the town.

 

Mali’s U.N. peacekeeping mission MINUSMA threatened to apply sanctions against those responsible for the recent violence.

Source:rueters

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