Amnesty report: Malian soldiers committed abuses

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People dressed in colorful dress walk near the Sankore Mosque, a United Nations world heritage cultural site, which would not be allowed under the rule of Islamic militants who ruled the city until French troops took control, in Timbuktu, Mali, Thursday Jan. 31, 2013.  Many things have changed in Timbuktu since French troops parachuted in several days ago to take control of the area from Islamic militants, and now there is a growing sense of freedom. (AP Photo/Harouna Traore)

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SEVARE, Mali (AP) — An international human rights group says it has documented cases of the Malian military killing civilians and says other people have disappeared since the conflict began.

In a report released Friday, Amnesty International cited witnesses saying the Malian army had arrested more than 24 civilians on the eve of the French-led intervention on Jan. 11.

Amnesty says it is feared that many were later killed by soldiers and some bodies were thrown down a well in Sevare. The Associated Press had earlier reported killings of civilians by the Malian army in Sevare.

The Malian government has promised to investigate allegations of human rights abuses by its soldiers.

France has said that it wants to hand over responsibility to the Malian army and other African counterparts.

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