Dozens of Mali villagers killed by gunmen



A traditional Fulani village in MaliPicture copyright
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Fulani are semi-nomadic herders

A minimum of 50 folks have been killed in an assault on a village in central Mali by armed males sporting conventional Dogon hunters’ clothes, experiences say.

Gunmen surrounded the village earlier than attacking folks of their properties in Ogossagou within the nation’s Mopti area, an area official mentioned.

The assault on Saturday focused members of the Fulani ethnic group.

Ambassadors for the UN are presently in Mali addressing the growing ranges of ethnic and jihadist violence.

The victims of Saturday’s lethal assault have been “killed with weapons and machetes”, an area safety official advised AFP information company.

Unconfirmed experiences put the loss of life toll far greater.

The mayor of the neighbouring village of Ouenkoro, Cheick Harouna Sankare, described the assault as a “bloodbath”.

Clashes between Dogon hunters and semi-nomadic Fulani herders can happen over entry to land and water.

The Dogon additionally accuse Fulanis of ties to jihadist teams. The Fulanis declare that Mali’s navy has armed the hunters to assault them.

Final yr, a whole bunch of individuals died in clashes between Dogon hunters and members of the Fula ethnic group.

On Friday, a Mali-based al-Qaeda affiliate mentioned it had carried out an assault final week on a navy base that left greater than 20 troopers useless.

The group mentioned it was in response to violence towards Fulani herdsmen.

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