Former Mali rebel leader killed in mine explosion: ex-rebels

BAMAKO: The former military leader in northern Mali was killed Saturday by a mine explosion in Kidal in the country’s north, military and ex-rebel sources said.

Cheikh Ag Aoussa’s car “was hit by a mine and he died on the spot” after he left the office of the UN’s MINUSMA mission, according to an African military source who is part of the deployment. Ex-rebel forces confirmed his death and have called for an “independent inquiry”.