Mali army seizes key rebel northern stronghold Kidal

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Mali’s army has seized Kidal, a key town in the country’s north that the ethnic Tuareg rebels have held for nearly a decade.

Kidal has been a bastion for the Tuareg, one of the rebel groups at the centre of the country’s long-running political and security crises.

The army, reportedly backed by Wagner group mercenaries, has battled for Kidal for the past three days.

The head of the country’s junta said the mission “is not complete”, however.

Col Assimi Goita, Mali’s interim president, said in a post on X his objective was to ensure the country’s territorial integrity. The army has urged civilians in Kidal to remain calm.

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