31 Mar '12, 8pm

Mali's Tuareg rebels attack second northern city - World News.

Heavy fighting was reported in Gao on Saturday as the separatist rebels entered in trucks loaded with heavy weaponry. The attack came a day after the rebels seized the city of Kidal, one of the north’s three major regional centers – along with Gao and the ancient trading city of Timbuktu. “I saw them entering the town itself and putting up their Azawad flags,” a reporter for the news agency Reuters said, referring to the northern desert territory which the rebels want to make their homeland. “People here are running all over the place, and all the shops are closing,” the reporter said. Regional governor’s aide Mahamane Diakite was reported by the AFP news agency as saying he had heard heavy gunfire in the city and that he had seen two army helicopters taking off to try to combat the rebel advance. Coup leaders on defensive Tuareg rebels launched an insurgency in January, w...

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