Saturday, April 7, 2012

British Embassy staff withdrawn from Mali as Islamic insurgents declare independence

Staff were today being withdrawn from the British Embassy in troubled Mali in the wake of the military coup, as insurgent Islamic fundamentalists declared it an independent nation.

The Foreign Office said the temporary measure would limit the UK's ability to help Britons who chose to remain in the Saharan state against official advice.

As British nationals fled the desert nation, Tuareg rebels, who seized control of the country's north in the chaotic aftermath of the coup, today declared independence for what they called the Azawad nation.

A spokesman said: 'Given the unstable and unpredictable situation in Mali and the continuing lack of constitutional rule, the UK has decided to temporarily withdraw its staff from its embassy in Bamako and temporarily suspend all in country services immediately, including consular assistance. Read More