Mali 'at war with separatists' after abductions

Mali is at war with armed Tuareg separatists, the country's Prime Minister said after officials reported the rebels had attacked a governor's office in the northern town of Kidal and abducted around 30 civil servants.

"Taking into account this declaration of war, the Republic of Mali is henceforth at war. We are going to formulate the appropriate response to the situation," PM Moussa Mara told Reuters.