Islamist rebels chased from their territory by French-led forces in northern Mali said Thursday they had opened a new front in the conflict with guerrilla attacks and landmines, one of which killed four civilians.
A wall in Gao shows the flags of Mali, Niger and France on February 5, 2013. Four Malian civilians were killed by a landmine in territory reclaimed from Islamist rebels, police said Thursday as France mulled handing over its four-week-old intervention to UN peacekeepers.
The shift to guerrilla tactics by Al Qaeda-linked groups that occupied Mali's vast desert north for 10 months came as France, wary of a prolonged insurgency, looked to hand over its four-week-old intervention to UN peacekeepers.
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