'Thirty officials kidnapped in Mali attacks'

Around 30 civil servants have been abducted by separatists in Mali's northern town of Kidal during fighting that also wounded 23 government soldiers, the governor of the region has said.

"Some 30 of our civil servants were kidnapped by the assailants who attacked the governor's office. There were 23 wounded, including three seriously who were evacuated by helicopter," Adama Kamissoko told the Reuters news agency.