Mali separatists kill eight including six govt officials

Six Malian government officials and two civilians were murdered during an assault by Tuareg separatist rebels on a regional governor's office in the northern town of Kidal, the country's United Nations peacekeeping mission said on Sunday.

Malian soldiers train for an ambush at the EU training mission headquarters in Koulikoro in February Credit: REUTERS/Joe Penney

Albert Koenders, the head of the UN mission, said in a statement: "This barbaric crime is totally unacceptable and those responsible must answer for their actions."

"An inquiry must be carried out quickly in order to verify the facts and bring the responsible parties to justice."