Malian jihadist group denies 'ceasefire' claim

Fighters of the Islamic group Ansar Dine in Mali have denied agreeing to a ceasefire with the government, reports sayIt follows the announcement Monday by influential Malian imam Mahmoud Dicko that a letter from the militant outfit received at the end of September had proclaimed a unilateral ceasefire, a claim immediately questioned by Malian security analysts. Ansar Dine’s statement expressed “utmost surprise and astonishment with these declarations attributed to Sheikh Mahmoud Dicko”, according to a document translated by the US-based SITE watchdog and Mauritanian news agency Al-Akhbar.

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