BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A resident of the northern Malian town of Timbuktu says Islamist rebels have taken over the city's airport, which had previously served as the headquarters of a secular insurgent group.
Oumar Cisse says Ansar Dine, a group that wants to impose Islamic law in northern Mali, is now occupying the airport.
He says that when Ansar Dine arrived, they found that rebel fighters belonging to the secular National Movement for the Liberation of the Azawad had already left.
Both rebel groups invaded the northern half of Mali in late March.
The uneasy truce between them came to an end Wednesday, when Islamist fighters in the northern city of Gao attacked the NMLA's positions in fighting that left at least eight dead.