Mali extends state of emergency for three months

Emergency was declared two days after the rebels took the central town of Konna, threatening the capital Bamako
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First Published: Tue, Jan 22 2013. 09 45 AM IST
A French Foreign Legion soldier stands guard as groups from various units of the Air Force, Ground Army (Armee de Terre) and the French Foreign Legion prepare to fly out for a military operation in the north of Mali on 21 January. Photo: AFP
A French Foreign Legion soldier stands guard as groups from various units of the Air Force, Ground Army (Armee de Terre) and the French Foreign Legion prepare to fly out for a military operation in the north of Mali on 21 January. Photo: AFP
Bamako: The government of Mali late Monday extended a state of emergency, in place since 12 January, for three months amid a French-led military offensive to flush out Al Qaeda-linked Islamists from the north.
The decision was taken at a special cabinet meeting on the day that Malian and French soldiers recaptured two strategic towns, Diabaly and Douentza, in a major boost to the 11-day military campaign by French and Malian troops, a statement said.
“The military operations to liberate the occupied regions of our country are panning out well and the need to instal a peaceful social climate throughout the country,” were the reasons for extending the state of emergency, it said.
The state of emergency, which bans public gatherings and rallies and anything that can disrupt public order, was declared two days after the Islamist rebels took the central town of Konna, threatening the capital Bamako.
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First Published: Tue, Jan 22 2013. 09 45 AM IST
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