Gun battle between rebels, army in northern Mali: Residents, UN

AFP , Wednesday 21 May 2014

Mali's army exchanged fire with Tuareg militants in the rebel stronghold of Kidal on Wednesday, witnesses told AFP, shattering an uneasy calm which had held since deadly weekend clashes between the two sides.

"People have started firing guns. The Malian army is shooting and the Tuareg rebels too," a resident contacted by telephone told AFP.

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