Islamist fighters killed 15 Tuareg rebels in two attacks near northern Mali’s border.
Militants with the Ansar Dine extremist group killed 11 people in an attack on Tuareg rebels near the Algerian border in Kidal. Four people were killed during an ambush by Ansar Dine on a Tuareg separatist vehicle. Ansar Dine and other extremist groups have spoken out against the peace accord, accusing separatists who signed it of betraying the local population.
The attacks on Tuareg separatists were likely in retaliation for the killing of Ansar Dine militants by the separatists on Dec 19.