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Reports of Looting in Timbuktu Targeting Arab Shops

Jan. 29, 2013

People in Timbuktu were looting shops owned by ethnic Arabs, witnesses in the city reported on Tuesday.

The Malian army is deployed in the desert town which was only secured by government forces backed by French troops on Monday.

There have been growing concerns about reprisal attacks against minority groups, such as Arabs and Tuaregs, who are seen by some Malians as supporters of radical Islamist groups who took over the north last year.

Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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