Mali faces unprecedented violence in its central region where extremists, armed groups and the military are committing abuses as fighters linked to al-Qaida and the Islamic State group move in from the north, international rights groups said Wednesday.
Mali’s constitutional court on Monday confirmed the re-election of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to a second five-year term.
Mali’s opposition leader on Friday rejected the announcement that President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was the winner of a presidential runoff in this West African nation, saying he would be filing a fraud complaint to the Constitutional Court.
Mali’s first round of voting last month saw electoral agents killed and voting materials destroyed by extremists linked to al-Qaida.
More than 700 polling stations across Mali were not able to operate in Sunday’s elections, which took place under the threat of attack by extremists, the government said Monday.
Thousands of Malians voted in presidential elections Sunday in the capital, but others struggled in parts of the country’s north where some ballot boxes were burned and in the central region where voters feared threats by extremist groups.
A car packed with explosives detonated at the headquarters of a new, five-nation West African counterterror force in Mali, setting off a gun battle that killed two soldiers, a civilian and two attackers, officials told The Associated Press on Friday.
A Tuareg rebel leader says members of his group have recovered an American vehicle that was stolen in the ambush in Niger that killed four American forces.
Authorities in northern Mali say at least 14 people are dead after suspected jihadists attacked an army camp.
The U.N. mission in Mali says three peacekeepers have been killed and five others wounded in an attack on a convoy.