Mali ex-rebels say prominent leader shot dead

Tuesday April 13 2021
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In this file photo taken on June 20, 2015 Sidi Brahim Ould Sidati, a member of the Arab Movement of Azawad, signs the ammended version of the Algerian Accord on behalf of the Coordination of Azawad Movements (CMA) in Bamako. A former rebel leader in northern Mali, Sidi Brahim Ould Sidati, was killed early on April 13, 2021 in the capital Bamako, according to a spokesman of a militia alliance in the region. PHOTO/AFP

By AFP

A former rebel leader in northern Mali was killed in the capital Bamako on Tuesday, according to the spokesman for a militia alliance in the region.

Sidi Brahim Ould Sidati was the rotating president of the Coordination of Azawad Movements (CMA), a mostly Tuareg alliance that rose up against the central government in 2012.

The report by spokesman Almou Ag Mohamed on social media was confirmed by a doctor and a close associate of Ould Sidati.

The reason for the killing in the poor Sahel country was not immediately clear.

The CMA brought together Tuareg and nationalist Arab groups -- including a faction led by Ould Sidati -- fighting Mali forces in the north until they signed a peace accord in 2015.

The accord, seen as crucial to ending Mali's grinding conflict, has yet to be fully implemented in the former French colony.

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