Insurgency continues around Kidal
The Taureg - Islamic insurgency rolls on in N Mali......
Bamako - Algerian Islamic insurgents launched a revenge attack against a group of former Tuareg rebels in the deserts of northern Mali on Monday, killing nine of them, a Malian official said on Tuesday.
The attack came a month after Tuareg fighters killed a leader of the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC), an Algerian rebel movement that has pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda.
GSPC fighters ambushed members of the Tuareg's Democratic Alliance for Change near the village of Arouan, about 150km from the desert city Kidal where Tuareg rebels launched an uprising in May to demand greater autonomy.
"There was violent fighting. The toll was nine dead, several injured and two prisoners from the ranks of the Alliance," the official said. He could not provide casualty figures for the GSPC.