Fighting erupts in north Mali after suicide bombs
AFPBAMAKO--Fresh fighting erupted Saturday in northern Mali between ethnic Tuaregs and an unidentified armed group, security sources told AFP, the latest violence in the wake of a French-led campaign that drove radical Islamist fighters from major cities.
February 24, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
Tuaregs of the Azawad National Liberation Movement (MNLA) were fighting what one source said “seemed to be Arab fighters” near the northern town of Tessalit, where suicide car bombers killed three people on Friday.
The al-Qaida-linked Islamist rebel group, the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO), on Saturday claimed responsibility for the bombings in In-Khalil near Tessalit, saying they were specifically targeting the MNLA ,which has been cooperating with French forces to flush out Islamists from northern Mali.
“Through the car bombings against MNLA elements in the In-Khalil zone, the MUJAO is committed to pursuing jihad against infidels,” group spokesman Adnan Abu Walid Sahraoui said in a statement sent to AFP in Bamako.