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Mar 23, 2012 9:19 AM by Associated Press (MM)

Mali: rebels claim northern town amid coup chaos

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) - Ethnic Tuareg rebels in Mali say on their website that they have taken a northern town a day after mutinous soldiers declared a coup in the capital.

The rebel National Movement for the Liberation of the Azawad said in the statement that they had moved into the town of Anefis without resistance. The town is between the strategic northern outposts of Gao and Kidal.

Soldiers in the capital stormed the presidency Wednesday. They say they are angry over the handling of the Tuareg insurgency in the north. The uprising has cost the lives of many soldiers.

As of Friday, the whereabouts of President Amadou Toumani Toure were unknown.

Many worry that the rebels in the north will take advantage of the power vacuum to take strategic towns.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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