UN calls threat from vi­o­lent ex­trem­ists in Mali ‘alarm­ing’

Cape Breton Post - - WORLD -

A new UN re­port says se­cu­rity threats from vi­o­lent ex­trem­ists and crim­i­nal groups in Mali are ``alarm­ing’’ and the gov­ern­ment must de­ploy more troops to the volatile north and step up ef­forts to re­form its mil­i­tary and police. Sec­re­tary-General Ban Ki-moon says in the re­port to the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil that in spite of im­proved re­la­tions among sig­na­to­ries to last June’s peace agree­ment, north and cen­tral Mali re­main threat­ened by ``crim­i­nal, vi­o­lent ex­trem­ist and ter­ror­ist groups, which take ad­van­tage of the lim­ited pres­ence of Malian law en­force­ment in­sti­tu­tions.’’ Mali’s north­ern half fell to Is­lamic ex­trem­ists fol­low­ing a mil­i­tary coup in 2012. A French-led mil­i­tary in­ter­ven­tion drove them out of ma­jor towns, but the re­gion re­mains in­se­cure. Over the past year, ji­hadis have mounted a grow­ing wave of vi­o­lent at­tacks.

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