Fresh clashes erupt in north Mali ahead of peace accord

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BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Armed groups in northern Mali say at least four people are dead in the region's latest clashes, as fighting continued between an armed group and pro-government militia.

The renewed attacks Wednesday came just before parties are due to sign a peace agreement with the Malian government on Friday in the capital.

Fahad Ag Almahmoud, a spokesman for the pro-government militia known as GATIA, said the fighting took place between his group and fighters from a coalition of separatist rebels.

Mossa Ag Attaher with the rebel coalition said that there were four people killed in the village of Ikadewan. It was not immediately possible to independently confirm the toll.

The growing number of attacks in northern Mali in recent weeks has cast into doubt the future of the peace agreement.

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