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Dozens killed as jihadist groups clash in eastern Mali

Bamako, Mali Reuters Dozens of civilians have been killed and hundreds displaced over several days of heavy fighting between rival Islamist groups in Mali’s restive east, local government officials said on Thursday. Jihadists linked to Islamic State have been clashing with local al-Qaeda affiliates over territory in the regions of Gao and Menaka, where insurgents […]

UN peacekeepers deployed to north-eastern Mali amid spate of killings

Mali UN peacekeepers

Bamako, Mali Reuters The United Nations peacekeeping force in Mali has deployed two units to the African country’s tri-border area with Burkina Faso and Niger to respond to a spate of civilian killings, it said on Thursday.  A surge in attacks since early March by an Islamic State affiliate has left hundreds of civilians dead, […]