Armed men killed 37 Fulani civilians on TuesdaArmed men killed 37 Fulani civilians on Tuesday in Central Mali, where ethnic violence cost hundreds and hundreds of lives last year, the government stated.
Violence between Fulani and rival communities has compounded an already dire safety situation in Mali’s semi-arid and desolate tract areas, which are used as a base with the aid of jihadist groups with ties to al Qaeda and Islamic State.
The government said in a announcement that the attackers, who have been dressed as normal Donzo hunters, raided the village of Koulogon in the vital Mopti region and that one of the vital victims have been kids.
Moulage Guindo, the mayor of Bankass, the nearest city, said the assault came about around the time of the first call to prayer of the brand new year and targeted the Fulani part of Koulogon.
He stated a further a part of Koulogon is often inhabited by Dogon, an ethnic team to which the Donzos are linked, not up to 1 km (half a mile) away.
Mali has been in turmoil for the reason that Tuareg rebels and loosely allied Islamists took over its north in 2012, prompting French forces to intervene to push them back the following year.
Islamists have since regained a foothold in the north and centre, tapping into ethnic rivalries to recruit new individuals.