March 6, 2017 / 12:04 PM / 2 years ago

Armed groups prevent Mali interim govt installing in Timbuktu

A traditional mud structure stands in the Malian city of Timbuktu May 15, 2012. REUTERS/Adama Diarra

BAMAKO (Reuters) - Armed groups took over parts of Timbuktu on Monday to prevent Malian interim authorities from being installed there under a peace pact meant to end years of lawlessness, the defence ministry said.

The return of state authority to northern Mali was supposed to fill a vacuum that has rendered it a launch pad for regional jihadi attacks across the region.

Reporting by Tiemoko Diallo; Writing by Tim Cocks; Editing by Angus MacSwan

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