250,000 in Mali (1991). Population total all countries: 281,200.
Widespread in northeast, Timbuktu, Kidal, and Gao regions. Also in Algeria (Kidal Tamasheq), Burkina Faso (Kidal Tamasheq).
4 (Educational). Recognized language (1982, Decree No. 159 of 19 July, Article 1).
Tadhaq (Kidal), Timbuktu (Tanaslamt, Tombouctou). May be 2 separate languages.
The Bellah were formerly under the Tamasheq economically. Muslim.