Mali leader decries recent uptick in violence

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Posted: Thursday, October 3, 2013 12:00 am

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) - Mali's president on Wednesday decried a recent flare-up of violence in the West African nation, accusing separatist rebels in the north of "blackmail" and vowing to dissolve a military reform committee after soldiers took up arms to demand promotions.

Speaking on state television one day after he cut short a trip to France and returned to the capital, Bamako, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita delivered a stern warning to anyone looking to foment unrest.

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