Govt ex­tends state of emer­gency af­ter at­tack

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Mali’s gov­ern­ment said Thurs­day it has ex­tended a state of emer­gency for 10 days af­ter an at­tack on an army base in the cen­tre of the coun­try ear­lier this week.

Two sep­a­rate or­ga­ni­za­tions linked to the Peul eth­nic group claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack early Tues­day that killed 17 soldiers and wounded more than 30 in the city of Nam­pala.

The group’s cen­tral Mali at­tacks in have raised alarm be­cause it rep­re­sents an es­ca­la­tion in ex­trem­ism much fur­ther south.

An­other group called the Na­tional Al­liance for the Pro­tec­tion of the Peul Iden­tity and the Restora­tion of Jus­tice claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity. It was the first time the group had assaulted a Malian army po­si­tion.

A state or emer­gency al­lows po­lice in Mali to search homes with­out a war­rant, and it bans protests.

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