ALGIERS: Deadly clashes between Arabs and Tuareg raged on into a second week in an Algerian border town yesterday, with another eight people killed, Algerian media reported.
The bloodshed in Bordj Badji Mokhtar stoked fears of a spillover of violence from neighbouring Mali, where a long-standing Tuareg rebellion was overtaken by jihadists, prompting French-led international intervention earlier this year.
The French-language El Watan newspaper said that rival Arab and Tuareg militia had been involved in the fighting rocking the small garrison town in Algeria’s far-flung desert south.
Hospital sources said two people were killed on Monday when a man drove a vehicle into a crowd, the paper reported.
Another six people were killed in the town on Sunday. In all, 23 people have died in the week-long violence between members of the Arab Brabiche and Tuareg Idnan tribes.