Mali cancels independence celebrations after attacks

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Mali’s ruling junta has cancelled independence day celebrations planned for next week following a resumption of hostilities in the north.

The council of ministers in a statement said the anniversary would be “celebrated in sobriety and in the spirit of national revival”.

Junta leader Assimi Goita ordered the government to allocate the funds planned for this year’s festivities to help victims of recent deadly attacks.

The council also discussed the possible mobilisation of reservists to counter the militant attacks.

Insecurity is rising in northern and central regions despite the deployment of Russia’s Wagner Group mercenaries.

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