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Mali man burnt to death by mob for stealing motorbike

 
A man who was caught stealing a motorbike was lynched by a mob and burnt to in the centre of the Malian capital, Bamako. Such acts have been given the nickname “320” in Mali, which refers to the price of a can of petrol and a box of matches. Read more...
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Tensions soar as Malian soldiers arrive in Kidal

 
Since the Malian army arrived in the northern town of Kidal on Friday, tensions have been rising between residents who support the soldiers’ presence and those who want their departure. Demonstrators have been gathering at a military camp to the west of the city to protest the army’s presence. Meanwhile, about a hundred pro-army Kidal residents have taken refuge inside the camp because they fear reprisals. Read more...

Mali Exclusive: aftermath of a suicide bomb in Kidal

 
These photos, sent in by one of our Observers in the northern Malian city of Kidal, are the first images we have received from this remote city since it was retaken from Islamist extremists by French and Malian forces. These exclusive photos show the aftermath of a suicide bombing that took place at a checkpoint on Tuesday evening. See photos and read more…
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Exclusive report: The last Malian city to be freed from jihadists

 
Our Observer described scenes of joy in the northern Malian town of Bourem following the arrival of the Malian army and its allies. He explains that the military has asked residents to help them identify any terrorists still hidden in the city. Read more...
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Fake videos of reprisals in northern Mali circulate online

 
This morning, several Malians sent us a video circulating online, purporting to show the corpse of a man allegedly linked to Islamist extremists in northern Mali. According those who sent it, the body shown belongs to a torturer from the Islamic police in the northern city of Gao, who was supposedly killed in revenge for his misdeeds. However, upon further inspection, it turns out this story is false: the video was actually shot in Nigeria. Read more...
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Voices from newly-liberated Malian city: “We can’t thank France enough”

 
Four days after its capture by French and Malian forces, the city of Gao has come back to life. Our Observers on the ground are celebrating the departure of Islamist extremists and report feeling secure thanks to the presence of French and Malian coalition forces. Nonetheless, our Observers caution against getting too complacent, given that some of the extremists’ supporters could still be hiding out in or near the city. Read more…

Paranoia in Bamako: Muslims arrested for ‘looking Islamist’

 
While the Malian army and French forces combat Islamist fighters in the country’s north, to the south, residents of the capital Bamako are falling prey to paranoia. Anyone who looks like they might perchance be radical Islamists is immediately denounced to the authorities. Read more...

Islamist rebels jumping ship in Gao, residents cautiously celebrate


The Islamist rebels who have occupied Gao since April 2012 are being driven out of the city following France’s decision last week to intervene militarily in its former colony. Gao is still not completely liberated, but residents have already begun celebrating in the streets and allowing themselves the small indulgences outlawed by the Islamist extremists’ strict interpretation of Sharia Law. Read more...
 
 

"Islamic extremists in Gao broadcast amputations"

 
On January 1, Islamic extremists from th Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) movement in Gao broadcast footage they had filmed of two men punished according to Islamic Sharia law. One man was amputated, the other flogged. Our Observer witnessed a similar occurrence just a week earlier. Read more...
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The plunder of Timbuktu: “What can we do against armed men?”

 
On Sunday, the citizens of Timbuktu were once again powerless to stop the destruction of the city's famed mausoleums by Islamist militias. In the city of “333 saints”, the mood is one of resignation. Read more...
 
 
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