Mali militia, separatists in 3 day battle

2015-08-17 20:01
Troops prepare in the desert near Tessalit, northern Mali. (Kenzo Tribouillard,AFP)

Troops prepare in the desert near Tessalit, northern Mali. (Kenzo Tribouillard,AFP)

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Bamako - A pro-government militia in Mali has killed 20 separatists in three days of fighting that is undermining attempts to pacify the northern region, the secretary general of the pro-government Gatia militia, Fahad Ag Almahamoud, said on Monday.

Neighbouring Niger is due to hold peace talks on Wednesday between the pro-government Platform group, which includes Gatia, and the Tuareg-dominated Coordination of Azawad Movements (CMA).

There was no immediate word from the CMA on the death toll.

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