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Mali polling officials abducted

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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.