Home > News > World
Monday February 24, 2014 MYT 10:00:02 PM
Monday February 24, 2014 MYT 10:01:06 PM
BAMAKO (Reuters) - Malian authorities have found five corpses in army uniforms in two graves near the headquarter of a former military junta during part of an investigation into officers who briefly seized power in a coup in 2012.
The discovery brought to 30 the number of bodies dug from mass graves around the junta headquarters in Kati, about 20 km (15 miles) north of the capital Bamako. Mali's new government is trying to ascertain the fate of paratroopers who disappeared two years ago after the coup.
A justice ministry official told Reuters the five bodies, one of them a woman, were found on Sunday night.
"They had their hands tied behind them and were blindfolded," he said.
All were wearing army uniforms, a military source said.
General Amadou Sanogo, who led the coup in March 2012, was arrested and charged with complicity in kidnapping in November.
The government is under pressure to restore the state's authority over the army and to root out northern separatists and Islamist rebels who seized control of the northern two-thirds of the country in the wake of the coup.
General Yamoussa Camara, a former defence minister during the military rule, and three other senior junta officials were arrested last week in connection with the investigation, authorities said.
(Reporting by Tiemoko Diallo; Writing by Bate Felix; Editing by Angus MacSwan)
China offers $50 million to Mali in midst of IMF talks
More Russian troops in Crimea would undermine Ukraine ceasefire - NATO
Mali says signed accords with China for projects worth $11 billion
Police in Indian Kashmir collect bodies floating in worst floods in years
US in first air strike near Baghdad on IS
France's Chirac snubs Sarkozy to back rival for 2017 presidential bid
Swedish parliament confirms Social Democrat's Lofven as new PM
Islamic State presses assault on Syrian border town, Kurds warn Turkey
Latvia heads to election under shadow of assertive Russia
Syria Kurds say American joins fight against Islamic State
As Kurds regain ground in Iraq, new challenges emerge
Contest for naming The Malaysia Year of Festivals 2015 mascot, the proboscis monkey
Karzai brother, others still owe millions to Kabul Bank - Afghan watchdog
Copyright © 1995-2014 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)