At least 21 individuals have been reported useless or lacking after an assault on a village in central Mali that was the scene final yr of the nation’s worst civilian bloodbath in recent times.
The Malian authorities mentioned the armed males burned houses and looted livestock within the village of Ogossagou, a village of Fulani herders within the central Mopti area, through the assault on Friday morning.
The authorities assertion didn’t say who carried out the assault.
Hamadou Dicko from Fulani association Tabital Pulaaku put the dying toll at 22 minimal.
“They came and shot everything that moved,” he mentioned.
In the assault on Ogossagou final March, suspected fighters from a rival group killed greater than 150 civilians, a part of spiralling ethnic violence in West Africa’s huge Sahel area. Malian officers have mentioned they think Dan Na Ambassagou, an ethnic Dogon group of finishing up final yr’s bloodbath in Ogossagou. The group has denied duty.
Moulaye Guindo, mayor of the close by city of Bankass, and one other native official, who declined to be named, informed Reuters News Agency that Ogossagou been attacked on Friday lower than 24 hours after Malian troops who had been stationed near Ogossagou left their base.
An military spokesman mentioned troopers had been deployed to answer the assault however declined to touch upon whether or not they had beforehand left the native base.
The United Nations mission in Mali mentioned it despatched a fast response power to the village, the place a number of had been additionally wounded. It additionally supplied air help to stop additional assaults and evacuate the wounded, it mentioned.
Mahamat Saleh Annadif, head of the UN mission in Mali, mentioned he was shocked and outraged by the assault.
“There is an urgent need to break the spiral of violence in this region,” he mentioned.
Central Malian residents have criticised the military for failing to guard them in opposition to violence that has displaced 200,000 individuals and left many communities with no native authorities or technique of defence.
More than 450 civilians had been killed in central Mali final yr by armed teams, making it the deadliest yr within the area for the reason that nation’s disaster started in 2012, in line with Human Rights Watch.
Ethnic clashes have been persevering with and exploited by armed teams allied to al-Qaeda and ISIL (or ISIS) who’ve been recruiting males from the Peuhl or Fulani ethnic group to their trigger.
Dogon armed teams have additionally arisen and are accused of supporting Mali’s army crackdown on the armed teams.
The battle has claimed hundreds of lives and unfold to neighbouring Niger and Burkina Faso.
SOURCE: Al Jazeera and information companies