More Details on Today's Fighting...
Clashes between MNLA and MUJWA on Friday near the region of Gao in northern Mali resulted in dozens of dead and wounded among the terrorists, said MNLA spokesman Hama Ag Sid Ahmed. He reported three injuries on the MNLA side and no deaths. "If there were dead, they would say," he assured.
"The MNLA reinforcements continue to move towards the areas of fighting," he added. "The fighting continues and will certainly take more intensity in the late evening and in the morning tomorrow," he added.
Malian security sources told AFP that the MNLA suffered a heavy defeat as a result of an ambush and lost many men. "The fighting lasted about 11 hours in Ansongo (a town located southeast of Gao) near the Niger River. There were no clashes between the two groups in Menaka, which is under MNLA control.
He also reported that former AQIM leader, Mokhtar Belmokhtar, who was relieved of his command by AQIM's Algerian leadership, has recently joined the Mujao.
Three weeks ago, Belmokhtar joined with MUJWA and created six new bases near Gao. "Among their elements, there are Pakistanis, Egyptians and Moroccans," he added.
Ansar Dine did not participate in the recent fighting. But if Ansar Dine does not support MNLA as an organization, members of the group could "go support their brothers who are fighting against terrorist groups," according to MNLA spokesman Hama Ag Sid Ahmed.
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