Mali Armed Groups Clash in Central Region Leaving Eight Dead

Armed groups clashed in Mali’s central region of Mopti, leaving at least eight people dead, the West African nation’s military said.

The fighters from the Fulani ethnic group were killed June 11 when they battled members of the Gatia, a Tuareg-dominated militia, army spokesman Souleymane Maiga said Sunday by phone.

Mali has experienced violence after a military coup in March 2012 left a power vacuum and allowed Islamist militants to join with separatists and seize northern areas of the country.

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