Published: Wed, June 12, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Mali attack: At least 95 killed, more missing

Mali attack: At least 95 killed, more missing

Armed men killed at least 95 people in an attack on a village in Mali, local officials said.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for eh attack, which comes amid rising tensions between ethnic Dogons and ethnic Peuhls, who had threatened reprisal attacks following a massacre earlier this year.

Violence between Fulani and rival communities has compounded an already dire security situation in Mali's semi-arid and desert regions, which are used as a base by groups with ties to Al Qaeda and Islamic State.

A report from BBC state that the attack took place in Sobame Da, near Sanga town in the Mopti region where Dogon ethnic group killed the villagers. But for their part, the Fulani accuse a Dogon self-defence association, Dan Na Ambassagou, of attacks on their villages. Youssouf Toloba, who leads the Dogon militia known as Dan Na Ambassagou, has denied that his fighters carried out the March bloodshed that left at least 157 people dead.

The killing came less than three months after almost 160 members of the Fulani ethnic group were slaughtered by a group identified as Dogon.

"The insecurity and the large-scale massacres exploited by terrorist groups are the seeds of a total and lasting destabilization of the region", the statement said.

A tribal militia killed as many as 150 men, women and children in a village in central Mali on Monday, heightening fears that an Islamist insurgency in the area is mutating into an ethnic war.

But the groups have not been evenly matched.

No group has officially said it was responsible for the attack.

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UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres "strongly condemns this attack and calls on the Malian authorities to investigate this tragedy and to bring the perpetrators to justice", spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a statement.

The violence in central Mali is characterized by killings, disappearances and the burning of villages "on an appalling scale", Amnesty International said Monday.

Security Council ambassadors met with Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and other government officials on Friday evening to discuss the violence and the slow implementation of a 2015 peace agreement with non-ISIS armed groups.

Since 2012, Mali has been fending off a radical Islamist insurgency, which has seen tonnes of illegal weapons seep into the country.

"No-one became as soon as spared - girls folks, formative years, elderly of us", he added.

Minusma, the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali - which last month said it had recorded "at least 488 deaths" in attacks on Fulanis since last January - deplored the violence.

"Over the recent months, violence has reached unprecedented [levels] amid retaliatory attacks and serious violations of human rights in central Mali impacting on all communities", U.N. Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide Adama Dieng warned in March.

Al Jazeera's Nicolas Haque reports from neighbouring Senegal.

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