Mali "at war" with northern Tuareg separatists - prime minister

by Reuters
Sunday, 18 May 2014 10:49 GMT

Malian soldiers train for an ambush at the EU training mission headquarters in Koulikoro February 6, 2014. REUTERS/Joe Penney

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KIDAL, Mali, May 18 (Reuters) - Mali is at war with armed Tuareg separatists, Prime Minister Moussa Mara said, after officials reported the rebels attacked the governor's office in the northern town of Kidal on Saturday, abducting around 30 civil servants.

"Taking into account this declaration of war, the Republic of Mali is henceforth at war," he told Reuters overnight inside a military base in the town where he sought refuge from the fighting. "We are going to formulate the appropriate response to the situation." (Reporting by Adama Diarra; Writing by Joe Bavier; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

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