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.