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BAMAKO (Reuters) - Fighting broke out in a town in Mali's desert north on Thursday between pro-government militia fighters and Tuareg rebels, a town resident and a fighter said.

"Everyone is hiding inside. We are hearing the sounds of gunfire. There's small arms and heavy weapons fire," one town resident told Reuters, asking not to be named out of fear of reprisals from the armed groups.

(Reporting by Souleymane Ag Anara, Writing by Joe Bavier, Editing by Angus MacSwan)

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