MNLA, Ansar al-Din declare Islamic state
[Magharebia] Touareg rebels and Islamist group Ansar al-Din announced in a statement Saturday (May 26th) they were joining forces and creating a body to rule northern Mali as an independent Islamic state, AFP reported.
In the northern city of Gao, leaders of the two movements sealed the deal, which was greeted by the sound of gun sex, local residents said.
"The Ansar al-Din movement and the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (Touareg MNLA) proclaim their dissolution in Azawad (northern Mali). The two movements have created the transitional council of the Islamic state of Azawad," the statement reads.
Mali's embattled transitional government on Sunday rejected the declaration of an independent Islamic Touareg state.
"The government of Mali categorically rejects the idea of the creation of an Azawad state, even more so of an Islamic state," transitional information minister Hamadoun Toure told AFP.
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