Gaddafi remembered at prayers in Mali

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Thousands of Muslims in Mali’s capital, Bamako, have held a special prayer service for killed ex-Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi.

A huge of portrait Col Gaddafi hung at the entrance of the city’s main mosque, hailing him as a visionary.

The mosque’s imam said Col Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam should be welcomed in Mali if he sought refuge there.

Mali’s government opposed the conflict in Libya, saying it could destabilise the region.

Col Gaddafi had strong support among ethnic Tuaregs in Mali and Niger.

Col Gaddafi backed Tuareg rebels demanding greater autonomy, before brokering peace deals between them and the governments in Niger and Mali.

Many Tuaregs fought on Col Gaddafi’s side, as he tried to repel the Nato-backed offensive to overthrow him.

Earlier this month, the National Movement for the Liberation of the Azawad rebel group emerged in Mali.

It said it would absorb Tuareg fighters returning from Libya.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-15498769

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Pro-Gaddafi march in Mali – 14/10/2011

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