Africa

Mali polling officials abducted

Two young fighters of an Islamist group walk in the streets of Gao city in Mali on July 17, 2012. Gunmen have abducted four polling staff and a local official in the northern Malian town of Tessalit, a week before a presidential poll meant to restore the country's unity, a local official said.

Two young fighters of an Islamist group walk in the streets of Gao city in Mali on July 17, 2012. Gunmen have abducted four polling staff and a local official in the northern Malian town of Tessalit, a week before a presidential poll meant to restore the country's unity, a local official said.  (AFP/File)

Gunmen abducted four polling staff and a local official on Saturday in the northern Malian town of Tessalit, a week before a presidential poll meant to restore the country's unity, a local official said.

"Four electoral staff and an elected Tessalit official, all of them Malian... were snatched by gunmen Saturday," an official in the Kidal governorate told AFP.

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