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Tuaregs set up Azawad state in northern Mali

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Tuareg rebels, who control the northern part of Mali, have created their own state, Azawad, and called on the international community to protect it.

The call came in an official statement the Azawad National Liberation Movement posted on its website. Earlier, the UN Security Council urged Mali’s conflicting parties to stop hostilities.

Since late March when President Amadou Toumani Toure was ousted as a result of a putsch, Tuaregs have seized nearly all major cities in the north.

Curiously, the putsch was prompted by the government’s failure to quell the Tuareg insurgency.

Apr 5, 2012

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