Libya gives Mali two reconnaissance planes
Libya has given Mali two reconnaissance planes to combat insecurity in the north of the country, a Libyan official said Monday.
"To help our Malian brothers fight insecurity in the north of Mali, we are giving them two planes," said Mohamed Tizi, who represents Libyan interests in the northern oasis town of Timbuktu.
The general staff of the Malian army confirmed the report by telephone and said the planes were Italian Marchetti models.
Mali has for several years been confronted with the activities of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) in its northern deserts. AQIM is holding hostage five French people, a Madagascan and a Togolese, who were all kidnapped on September 16 in a uranium-mining town in the north of Niger.
According to sources close to the affair, the hostages are currently in a desert area in the far north of Mali near the border with Algeria.
© 2010 AFP