115 People Killed After Militia Fighters Attack Village in Central Mali

Peuhl animal herders near Sofara in central Mali, approximately 100km from Ogossogou village where the attack took place.
Photograph: Tuul and Bruno Morandi/Alamy Stock Photo/Alamy

Militia fighters descended on a village in central Mali before dawn on Saturday, killing at least 115 people in the latest deadly attack blamed on an ethnic militia, local authorities said.

The massacre in the village of Ogossogou left the village chief and his grandchildren dead in the ethnic Peulh community, according to a local official who had received detailed accounts from the remote area.

The victims “included pregnant women, young children and the elderly” according to Abdoul Aziz Diallo, president of a Peulh group known as Tabital Pulaaku.

It was not immediately possible to independently corroborate the death toll given by those in contact with survivors from the Peulh village. The UN mission in Mali confirmed reports of an attack but gave no figures.

Militants from a Dogon group known as Dan Na Ambassagou have been blamed for scores of attacks over the past year, according to Human Rights Watch. The umbrella group comprises a number of militia groups from the Dogon villages among others.

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SOURCE: The Guardian, The Associated Press