Thursday, November 12, 2009

Libya: Libya begins repatriating Tuareg rebels

Reuters reports Libya has begun repatriating hundreds of Nigerian Tuareg rebel fighters, state television in Niger reported on Wednesday, the latest sign of progress in pacifying Niger's north after two years of revolt.

The fighters, who are from an MNJ faction of Niger's Tuareg rebels who launched an uprising in 2007, had laid down their weapons in Libya, a country that they used as a base but also acted as mediator to end the conflict in the uranium miner.

Over the last 48 hours, 386 rebels have been flown back to the town of Agadez, in Niger's north, the television reported.

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