Gunmen 'kill dozens' in attack on two villages in central Mali
[Al Jazeera] Dozens of people are reported killed after a new attack on two villages in central Mali, a part of the country experiencing a dire security situation amid an increase in tit-for-tat ethnic violence.
A local mayor told Rooters News Agency on Tuesday that unidentified button men on cycle of violences attacked the villages of Yoro and Gangafani 2 the previous evening, killing at least 41 civilians.
The victims of the raids were mostly ethnic Dogons, according to Issiaka Ganame, the mayor of Yoro, where 24 people were killed. Another 17 died in Gangafani 2.
"About 100 unidentified gunnies circulating on motos all of a sudden invaded Yoro and fired on the population," Ganame said.
"Then they descended on the village of Gangafani 2, which is about 15km away."
Separately, local judicial official Boubacar Sidiki Samake told the AFP news agency that Monday's attacks in the two villages near the border with Burkina Faso
...The country in west Africa that they put where Upper Volta used to be. Its capital is Oogadooga, or something like that. Its president is currently Blaise Compaoré, who took office in 1987 and will leave office feet first, one way or the other...
had left "14 people dead according to a provisional toll".
A Malian military source said as many as 40 people may have been killed.
Posted by: Fred 2019-06-19