Mali militia retreats from town of Anefis

2015-09-07 16:03

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Bamako - Pro-government militia fighters in Mali say they've begun withdrawing from a town where the group's fighters have clashed with separatist rebels.

Fihroun Maiga, a spokesperson for the militia coalition, said on Sunday that its fighters have begun pulling out from Anefis in what he described as a "progressive" withdrawal.

Maiga declined to speculate on how long it would take until the fighters, with all of their weapons, have left the town.

Mali's president ordered the pro-government militia to unconditionally leave Anefis but the group had said it wanted to stay to be sure the rebels did not return.

Militia fighters seized the town on August 18, a move critics say violated a fragile peace accord signed back in June with the government and separatist Tuareg rebels.

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