24 children among those massacred in weekend attack in Mali

epa07558001 Malian repatriated refugees in the village of Koygouma as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) delegation visit in the Timbuktu Region of Mali, 06 May 2019 (issued 09 May 2019). This visit follows the repatriation of 2086 Malian refugees from the Mbera camp in Mauritania last April, who had to flee conflict in 2013. Vehicles from the High Council for Azawad Unity (HCUA) also came to secure the area. In Koygouma the HCUA member of the Coordination of Azawad movements (CMA) is very present. This rebel group that signed the Algiers peace agreement mainly composed of Ansar Dine dissidents is often criticized for its double game with Ansar Dine jihadists and its proximity to Iyad Ag Ghali. Although the security situation in Mali is still volatile, according to UNHCR, many refugees decided to return to Mali. EPA-EFE/NICOLAS REMENE ATTENTION: This Image is part of a PHOTO SET

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Boubou Cisse , the prime minister of Mali said that from the bodies recovered of a massacre of scores of people by a Malian ethnic fighter group, these included at least 24 children.

Attackers believed to belong to the Fulani ethnic group raided the rival Dogon village of Sobane Da, in central Mali, between Sunday and Monday.

They killed at least 95 people, mostly shot in the back, in an escalation of the tit-for-tat ethnic slaughter that has engulfed the mostly Saharan nation this year.

Survivors described attackers arriving on motorbikes and in trucks and surrounding the village of roughly 300 people. They murdered anyone who tried to escape and torched their homes, they said.

Via Al Jazeera/France 24

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