MNLA & MUJWA were allies until June...But Now - MNLA is fighting for its life...
Mali: all day, the fighting between Mujao and MNLA for control for Menaka
New fighting took place in northern Mali on Monday 19 November, after the latest clashes on Friday. This time, the jihadists Mujao attacked the town of Menaka, around 8am, with deep pockets. And all day, fighting continued.
The jihadists attacked Menaka. "We want to put an end once and for all to the MNLA," said Oumar Ould Hamaha, who is one of the leaders of MUJAO.
After shouting victory at mid-day and even celebrating the taking of Menaka in Gao, further north, Mujao acknowledged it had to cope with unexpected resistance from MNLA.
Mujao had obviously relied on the movement of several vehicles MNLA out of town to launch his assault. But the men of the Tuareg rebellion still present in the city have stood up to the jihadists.
Of both sides, the balance of fighting is contradictory. The MNLA's spokesman, Moussa ag Assardi ensures tonight that MNLA still control the town and that they have identified several deaths in the ranks of Mujao and burned several cars abandoned on the premises.
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BBC Report Says there are conflicting reports on whether Menaka has been taken by MUJWA...
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