AQIM planted mines around Gao - rebels

2012-07-02 22:34

Paris -Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and its allies have planted landmines around the key town of Gao in Mali's occupied north and are stopping locals from leaving, a Tuareg rebel group said on Monday.

AQIM and one of its offshoots "have mined the area surrounding Gao".

"Many people are trying to escape, to take the bus to go to Bamako, but the Islamists are stopping them," Mossa Ag Attaher, a Paris-based spokesperson for the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA), told AFP.