Mali Soldiers Fight Tuareg Separatists

Malian soldiers and separatist rebels exchanged heavy gunfire in the northern separatist town of Kidal Sunday, in a return to violence after the rebels broke off a cease-fire with the government.

Local security officials did not say if anyone was killed in the fighting.

The battle came a day after a suicide bombing killed at least four people and wounded several more near a military camp in Timbuktu.

Last week, separatist Tuareg rebels pulled out of peace talks with the government.