40 Killed In Attacks In Restive Central Mali
Faizan Hashmi 10 days ago Sat 15th February 2020 | 08:50 AM
Bamako, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 15th Feb, 2020 ) :Forty people, including nine soldiers, have been killed in a spate of attacks in central Mali, authorities said Friday, with most of the deaths caused by inter-ethnic violence in the deeply troubled region.
Thirty-one people were killed in an attack overnight in Ogossagou, a village mainly inhabited by Fulani people where 160 died last March in a massacre blamed on Dogon militiamen, the government said, raising the death toll.
About 30 gunmen carried out the new attack, village chief Aly Ousmane Barry told AFP.
"Huts and crops were set alight, livestock was burned or taken away," he added, vowing that the government would find the perpetrators.
A local government official, who requested anonymity, had earlier said that 28 people were missing.
He blamed the attack on a Dogon hunters' group -- an assertion that could be not be verified independently.
The official and village chief Aly Ousmane Barry both said the attackers moved in several hours after government troops had pulled out of the area.
Central Mali became gripped by ethnic violence after a jihadist revolt broke out in the north of the country in 2012.
Tit-for-tat attacks in central Mali flared after Fulani people, also called Peul, became associated with jihadists.
Led by a firebrand Islamic preacher Amadou Koufa, a militia called the Katiba Macina recruited members from among the Fulani and has been accused of ethnically-motivated attacks.
Other ethnic groups such as the Bambara or the Dogon began to form self-defence groups that have been accused of reprisal massacres.