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.
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