Mali postpone its independence day festivities following assault


Following a resurgence of hostilities in the north, Mali's ruling junta has cancelled independence day celebrations scheduled for the following week.

The anniversary will be "celebrated in sobriety and in the spirit of national revival," the council of ministers stated in a statement.

Junta leader Assimi Goita commanded the administration to use the monies set aside for this year's celebrations to aid those hurt in recent violent attacks.

The council also considered the prospect of calling up reservists to defend against extremist assaults.

Despite the presence of Russian Wagner Group mercenaries, security is deteriorating in the north and centre of the country.

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