A delegation of the malian government was en route Sunday to the village of the fulani of central Mali, where more than 130 people have been killed on Saturday by suspected members of groups of hunters, the dogons, have you learned from administrative source.
The delegation, which includes members of the government and the leaders of the army, has left Bamako on Sunday morning for the village of Ogossagou-Fulani, in the area of Bankass near the border with Burkina Faso, according to the same source, who has not given more details.
“At least 134 civilians, including women and children, were reportedly killed and at least 55 injured” following the attack, said the secretary-general of the united nations, Antonio Guterres, in a news release Saturday evening.
The association for the defence of the rights of pastoral populations Kisal has announced a review of “134 dead, including women, children, old people, adults and teenagers”, on Sunday on his page Facebook. A precedent established by the sources of security and local authorities had reported Saturday that at least 105 civilians were killed.
This is the attack against civilians, the deadliest in Mali since 2012, where the north had fallen under the sway of islamist groups linked to Al-Qaeda. These groups have been largely driven out by an international military intervention launched in January 2013 at the initiative of France, that continues.
The attack of Saturday, which occurred at dawn, is the fact that hunters dogon alleged, according to several sources. It took place in full visit by a delegation of the security Council of the united nations in the Sahel in the grip of the threat jihadist.
The attack came six days after a bombing jihadist in Dioura, in the same region, but much more in the north, against a camp of the malian army, which has lost 26 men, according to the latest report from military source.
In a statement of claim Friday, the main alliance jihadi in the Sahel linked to Al-Qaeda justified the operation of Dioura by the “heinous crimes committed by the forces of the government of Bamako and the militias that support it against our brethren the fulanis”.
Since the appearance four years ago in the center of the Mali group’s jihadi preacher’s Amadou Kufa, recruiting primarily among the Fulani, traditionally herders, the clashes that are multiplying between that community and the ethnic bambara and dogon, practicing mainly agriculture, which have created their own “self-defence groups”.
The violence has claimed the lives of over 500 civilians in 2018, according to the UN.
The Fulanis denounce abuses by groups of hunters, which are tolerated or even encouraged, according to them, the name of the fight against the jihadists, by the authorities or the army, that maddened the government.