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New rebel group hits towns in north

BAMAKO — A new ethnic Tuareg rebel group launched a second day of attacks on two more towns in Mali’s arid north, a rebel spokesman said Wednesday, ending the tenuous peace that has existed between Tuareg groups and the government for the past two years.

The National Movement for the Liberation of the Azawad, whose members include Tuaregs who once fought for the late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, launched raids on the towns of Aguelhok and Tessalit, said one of its leaders, Moussa Ag Acharatoumane.

• From wire dispatches and staff reports