Gunmen Kidnap Election Officials in Northern Mali

Officials in northern Mali say gunmen have abducted five people, including four election officials, a week before a presidential poll aimed at restoring democracy, peace and unity in the country.

A Malian official said the gunmen are suspected to be members of the MNLA ethnic Tuareg separatist group, which signed a cease-fire with the government last month.

Saturday’s kidnappings took place in the town of Tessalit.

The MNLA launched its fight for an independent Tuareg state in northern …