bbc.co.uk
January 24, 2013

One of the Islamist groups fighting in northern Mali has split and wants dialogue, a statement from the breakaway faction says.

Islamic Movement for Azawad said it was splitting from Ansar Dine, and “rejects all forms of extremism and terrorism”.

According to the statement, the group is headed by Alghabass Ag Intalla, an important Ansar Dine leader and influential figure in Kidal.

France sent troops to Mali earlier this month to halt a militant advance.

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