Algeria closing border with Mali

2013-01-14 22:24

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Algiers - Algeria says it is closing its long border with Mali due to the surprise military intervention by the French against al-Qaeda allied groups there.

Foreign ministry spokesperson Amar Belani said on Monday that Algeria is closing the nearly 1 000km border because of "the events in Mali".

French warplanes began bombing Mali, a former colony, on Friday in an effort to prevent radical Islamists who control the north from moving to the capital in the south.

Algeria is allowing flights of French aircraft to fly over its territory but has stressed the need for a political dialogue to resolve the France-Mali crisis.

Algeria has expressed concern that foreign forces fighting in Mali could cause militants to flee across the border into Algeria.

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