Mali Vows to Stabilize Militant-Hit Region Before Elections
Government says central region is its biggest concern
Islamist militants infiltrated small towns, closed schools
Olivier Monnier and Kaourou Magassa
Mali will deploy additional troops to its central region in a bid to halt an escalation of Islamist militant attacks as pressure mounts to stabilize the West African nation before elections later this year.
“Our biggest concern is the security of central Mali,” Security Minister Salif Traore said Monday in an interview in the capital, Bamako. “We are under time constraints because we have major elections scheduled in six months.”