Seven killed in clashes in northern Mali: Official

Seven people were killed in northern Mali this week when nomadic and sedentary communities carried out tit-for-tat attacks over a theft, a local official and a security source said Wednesday.

Bamako: Seven people were killed in northern Mali this week when nomadic and sedentary communities carried out tit-for-tat attacks over a theft, a local official and a security source said Wednesday.

Armed Tuareg nomads first attacked a Songhai camp on Sunday night, provoking a counter-attack on Monday, said a security source speaking on condition of anonymity.

"Four nomads died as well as three members of the sedentary community," said local official Omar Toure.

"It is an intercommunal conflict and a theft led to score-settling," he said without giving details.

Occasional intercommunal clashes are one of the many woes faced by residents of the vast desert region, also in the grip of a jihadist insurgency and overrun by a myriad armed groups vying for the upper hand.

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