Mali now and Islamist fighters killed 10 Tuareg rebels in two attacks near the country's northern border with Algeria in a growing wave of violence. Six fighters from the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad, were killed on Thursday when Islamist militants attacked their checkpoint in the town of Talahandak. Four more died on Friday when a convoy of reinforcements was ambushed on its way to the border. The Tuareg rebels signed a peace deal in June with the Malian government as part of efforts to draw a line under a series of separatist uprisings. They now blame the attacks on fighters affiliated to al Qaeda group.