Witness: Rebels Attack S. Mali Town; Kill 1



Salon Staff
February 19, 2012 3:18PM (UTC)

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A witness in a southern Mali town says rebels attacked the town and killed one person.

Maouloud Daou said Sunday rebels entered the village of Hombori Saturday night and killed a 78-year-old village chief. He said they also ransacked the village for weapons.

Advertisement:

Daou said the attackers were Tuaregs but the group has not claimed responsibility.

Tens of thousands of people have been displaced internally or have fled to surrounding countries since a Tuareg separatist group began attacking towns in the country's vast, arid north last month.

Tuareg rebels have attacked at least seven towns, and dozens have been killed.

Advertisement:

The president of Mali's parliament said earlier this week that the army is going on the offensive against Tuareg rebels.


Salon Staff

MORE FROM Salon Staff


Related Topics ------------------------------------------


Fearless journalism
in your inbox every day

Sign up for our free newsletter

• • •