At least two dead in north Mali clashes: hospital

Reuters News
Posted: Jun 26, 2012 10:38 AM

BAMAKO (Reuters) - At least two people were killed in protests in the rebel-held northern Mali city of Gao on Tuesday when youths clashed with rebel fighters they accuse of the killing a local councilor, a hospital official said.

"We have two deaths and at least eight seriously wounded," Ibrahim Maiga, a laboratory technician at the local hospital, told Reuters by telephone. Other sources said the toll could be higher.

Separatist Tuareg-led rebels, with the backing of local al Qaeda-backed Islamists, seized the northern two-thirds of Mali in early April, emboldened by a March 22 coup in the southern capital Bamako.

(Reporting by Tiemoko Diallo, Adama Diarra and Cheikh Diouara; Writing by Bate Felix; Editing by Alison Williams)