Fighting resumes in Mali

2012-11-19 18:03

Bamako - Fighting has resumed in northern Mali between Islamist extremists and Tuareg secular rebels.

Oumar Ould Hamaha, spokesperson for the Islamist MUJAO rebels, told The Associated Press that the fighting between the two rebel groups resumed on Monday. He said the town of Menaka is now in the hands of the Islamists.

But reached in Paris, Moussa Ag Assarid, spokesperson for the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad, or NMLA, denied that the Islamists have won control of Menaka.

He said the secular Tuareg rebels who came from Timbuktu, are fighting the Islamists of MUJAO, as well as reinforcements from al-Qaeda, in the Islamist Maghreb.

Ag Assarid said the Tuareg secularists fired on the Islamists and prevented them from entering Menaka on Monday.