09 Jan '13, 11pm

Malian jihadists advance southward

Ansar Dine and al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb are breaking out from the boonies of northern Mali and are beginning to expand into areas in the central part of the country. According to Magharebia , the two groups attacked a Malian Army military unit at the international airport in Savare, just east of Mopti. The Ansar Dine forces are said to be led by al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. Twelve Malian soldiers are reported to have been captured. Mopti is about 350 miles from Bamako, the capital of Mali. Ansar Dine forces are also reported to have been spotted in the town of Konna and the village of Bourei. The jihadists arrived in Bourei "aboard all-terrain vehicles and even armored vehicles that they have stolen from the Malian military," a Malian told The Associated Press . Last week, Ansar Dine suspended its "ceasefire" with the Malian government (Ansar Dine never honored ...

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