20 Killed At Ethnic Flarepoint In Central Mali
Twenty people were killed in an attack overnight on a village in central Mali, local officials said Friday, in an apparent spate of ethnic violence in the deeply troubled region
Bamako, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 14th Feb, 2020 ) :Twenty people were killed in an attack overnight on a village in central Mali, local officials said Friday, in an apparent spate of ethnic violence in the deeply troubled region.
About 30 gunmen carried out the new attack, village chief Aly Ousmane Barry told AFP.
"I counted the numbers while soldiers and the medical services were there," he said.
He blamed the attack on a traditional Dogon hunters' group -- an assertion that could be not be verified independently.
Both sources 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 became accused of ethnically-motivated attacks.
Other ethnic groups such as the Bambara or the Dogon began to form self-defence groups that in turn became accused of reprisal massacres.