Mali's president has declared a state of emergency on national television a day after Islamists pushed the closest ever from the north toward government-held territory.
Mali’s president has declared a state of emergency on national television a day after Islamists pushed the closest ever from the north toward government-held territory.
President Dioncounda Traore said late Friday that the declaration would remain in effect for 10 days and could be renewed.
The president called on mining companies and non-government organizations to give up their pickups and other trucks to the Malian military, raising questions about the capacity of the army.
Traore’s emergency declaration comes a day after the Islamists who rule northern Mali seized the central town of Konna, located not far from the last town still under Malian government control.
- This drone footage of inside Bertha’s tunnel is like something out of ‘Star Wars’
- Seattle City Council kills sale of street for Sodo arena; Sonics fans despair
- School board rebukes Bellevue football program; possible two-year ban for coach Butch Goncharoff
- Man killed by car pulling out of Seattle parking garage
- Ted Cruz ends his bid for Republican presidential nomination
Most Read Stories
On Friday, France also announced it had launched an air operation to aid Malian forces.