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Malian Army in fresh fight with separatist rebels

Malian army has also come under attacks from insurgents linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State.Photo:Arabnews

Malian rebels have invaded and seized another military base following a fight that happened in the north of the country.

The northern Tuareg rebels claimed on Sunday, through a spokesman, Mohamed Elmaouloud Ramadane, that the Bamba military base in the Gao region has been taken over by them.

Following the departure of the UN peacekeeping mission from the region, the group also called the Coordination of Azawad Movements (CMA) has been fighting the Malian army since August.

Mali’s army, in a post on X, said there was an intense attack against terrorist at its base.

The CMA has attacked Lere, Dioura and Bourem in the past weeks, making the recent attack the forth the Malian army are facing this year.

Tuaregs have long complained to the government concerning it’s neglect and have sought ownership for Azawad desert.

The previous government and pro-government militia, in 2015, signed a peace deal with the CMA; but since the military coup in 2020 and 2021, the CMA, with the backing of the Russian military contractor, Wagner Group, has been at the centre of unrest in the region.

The coup led to the exit of the French and the UN peace-keeping mission.

Writing by Juliet Onwurah; Editing by Julian Osamoto and Tony Okerafor