One dead af­ter clashes

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - WORLD -

BA­MAKO, Mali: Clashes be­tween Tuaregs and black Africans in north­ern Mali’s flash­point city of Ki­dal left at least one dead overnight, a sign of grow­ing ten­sion with key polls nine days away.

An of­fi­cial with the UN peace­keep­ing force in the trou­bled west African coun­try yes­ter­day said the in­ci­dent was ap­par­ently caused by ru­mours that the army was send­ing more troops to Ki­dal ahead of the July 28 pres­i­den­tial poll.

“Shops were de­stroyed, par­tic­u­larly of peo­ple who came from Gao,” an­other town in north Mali, a source said, adding that “dozens of civil­ians took refuge in the mil­i­tary camp”.

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