November 16, 2012
New fighting and a crackdown on women not wearing veils by Islamist militants on Friday marred peace moves by two rival groups in Mali’s desert north despite pledges they were ready for peace talks with Bamako.
In Islamist-controlled Timbuktu, a local official said dozens of women were arrested on Thursday by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) for not wearing veils.
“The Islamists were going into homes to arrest unveiled women,” he said.
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