BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- Officials in northern Mali say clashes have resumed between Tuareg separatists and a pro-government militia.
Almouzamile Ag Mohamed, a spokesman for the alliance of Tuareg groups, confirmed Thursday that fighting had resumed in the Kidal region. He accused the militia fighters of moving on Tuareg positions, prompting them to retaliate in self-defense.
The spokesman for the other side, Fihroun Maiga, neither confirmed nor denied that there had been fresh violence.
The militia fighters recently left the town of Anefis, which had become a flashpoint that threatened to derail peace agreements. However, the U.N. mission says it's now afraid those same men are headed toward other Tuareg-controlled areas.
The violence between the two sides is the latest unrest to destabilize northern Mali, which is also home to jihadists.