6 killed in Mali suicide bombings

BAMAKO – At least six people have been killed in multiple suicide bombings that targeted members of the MNLA, Mali's main Tuareg rebel group, in the northern town of Tabankort.

"Three suicide bombers attacked the MNLA overnight," a rebel source told The Anadolu Agency on Wednesday.

According to the source, two bombers were killed before they had the chance to blow themselves up.

"The third bomber detonatedhimself, killing three MNLA fighters and destroying two vehicles," the source said.

The source went on to accuse pro-government militias of being behind the attack, for which there has not yet been any claim of responsibility.

In recent weeks, Tabankort has been the scene of fierce clashes between Tuareg rebels and pro-government militias.

Mali slipped into violence in 2012 following a failed coup attempt and a Tuareg rebellion that ultimately allowed Al-Qaeda-linked militants to take over the northern half of the country.

In early 2013, former colonial power France sent troops to Mali and – with the help of Chadian and other African forces – flushed Islamist militants from the country's main northern cities.

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