A bunch of gunmen who disguised themselves as conventional hunters have surrounded a Mali village and killed not less than 134 Fulani herders.
It was the deadliest such assault of current instances in a area reeling from worsening ethnic and jihadist violence.
The Fulani ethnic group are semi-nomadic, primarily Muslim and reside in varied West African nations.
Moulaye Guindo, mayor of the close by city of Bankass, stated armed males, dressed as conventional Donzo hunters, encircled and attacked Ogossagou.
“We’re provisionally at 134 our bodies recovered by the gendarmes [military police],” Mr Guindo stated.
He stated one other close by Fulani village, Welingara, had additionally been attacked, inflicting “a quantity” of deaths, however he didn’t but know what number of.
Safety sources stated the useless included pregnant girls, youngsters and aged individuals.
The armed assaults came about as a United Nations Safety Council mission visited Mali looking for options to violence that killed tons of of civilians final yr and is spreading throughout West Africa’s Sahel area.
One Ogossagou resident, who requested to not be recognized, stated the assault seemed to be in
That group stated that raid was payback for violence by Mali’s military and militiamen in opposition to the Fulani.
Jihadist teams linked to Al Qaeda and Islamic State have exploited ethnic rivalries in Mali and neighbouring Burkina Faso and Niger lately to spice up recruitment and render huge swathes of territory just about ungovernable.