• UN declares security zone around north Mali town after clashes


    BAMAKO: UN peacekeepers said they would establish a 20-kilometer “security zone” around the town of Kidal in restive northern Mali following deadly clashes between a pro-government group and Tuareg rebels. The fighting erupted Monday at Agnefis, about 120 kilometers south of the strategic town of Kidal, “killing several people,” a regional security source said. The UN peacekeeping mission in Mali known as MINUSMA said in a statement it was a “blatant violation” of the recently agreed Mali peace deal known as the Algiers Accord. “The international community, as well as the population, is concerned by the increasing number of these violations, which could hinder the progress made towards a stable and lasting peace in Mali,” it said.



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