Tuareg separatist group in Mali ‘ends ceasefire’

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Mali rebelAn ethnic Tuareg separatist group in Mali has said it is ending a ceasefire agreed with the government in June.

It comes a day after clashes between Malian troops and Tuareg protesters who prevented a visit by Prime Minister Oumar Tatam Ly to the town of Kidal.

A National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) leader said: “What happened is a declaration of war.”

June’s ceasefire followed more than 18 months of fighting that prompted an intervention by French troops.

The rebels have in the past threatened to pull out of the peace deal, accusing the government in Bamako of failing to fulfil its promises.

‘Warnings over’

Thursday’s clashes, in which several people were wounded, erupted when a few hundred Tuareg protesters prevented the prime minister’s plane from landing in Kidal.

The central government said soldiers at the airport had been “taken to task by uncontrollable elements” and had…

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