More than 130 people were killed in an attack on a village in central Mali
By Grace Dzuwa
More than 130 people were killed in an attack on a village in central Mali on Saturday by armed men wearing traditional Dogon hunters’ clothing.
According to BBC,Gunmen surrounded the village at dawn before attacking people in their homes in Ogossagou in the Mopti region.
The attackers targeted members of the Fulani ethnic community who are accused of having ties to jihadists.
The attack took place while UN ambassadors were in Mali to discuss increased violence.
The Security Council mission met Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga to talk about the increased threat from jihadist fighters in central Mali.
The victims of Saturday’s deadly attack were “killed with guns and machetes”, a local security official told AFP news agency.
Witnesses also told AFP that nearly all the huts in the village had been burned down.
The mayor of the neighbouring village of Ouenkoro, Cheick Harouna Sankare, described the attack as a “massacre”.