Fighting flares between Mali army, rebels
30 September 2013, 13:48
Bamako - Residents say fighting has resumed between Malian
soldiers and ethnic Tuareg separatist rebels in the northern town of Kidal.
The reports of Monday clashes come after the two sides
exchanged gunfire in Kidal on Sunday.
It marked the first such violence there since the rebels
announced last week they were suspending participation in a peace accord signed
with the government in June.
Kidal resident Abdallah Ag Mossa told The Associated Press
that after a lull in violence overnight fighting had resumed Monday morning
near the same spot downtown.
A member of the UN peacekeeping mission in Kidal confirmed
that gunfire had resumed around 06:00.
The peace accord was supposed to pave the way for
negotiations, however, the rebels accused the government of failing to make
good on its promises.