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Missing Mali opposition leader kidnapped

Leading Malian opposition leader Soumaila Cisse has been kidnapped, the government said Thursday, in a first for a politician of his rank in the war-torn West African state. A former finance minister and presidential contender, Cisse went missing in jihadist-ridden central Mali on Wednesday afternoon in circumstances that remain unclear. His Union for the Republic and Democracy (URD) party released a statement later on Wednesday saying Cisse and his team had failed to turn up for an expected appointment and could not be reached by phone. On Thursday, Malian government spokesman Yaya Sangare released a communique referring to Cisse s disappearance as a kidnap, without offering further details. All the arrangements are being made to find the missing people and return them to their families, the statement said. Two URD party members, who requested anonymity, also told AFP that the politician had been kidnapped. Mali has been struggling to contain an Islamist insurgency that erupted .

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