Nearly 100 people got killed in a horrifying overnight attack on a village in Central Mali, in the latest violence to strike the fragile region. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the massacre was targeting a village inhabited by the Dogon community, bore the hallmark of tit-for-tat ethnic attacks that have claimed hundreds of lives. It came after less than three months of nearly killing 160 members of the Fulani ethnic group were slaughtered by a group called Dogon.
The Government giving a provisional toll said 95 people had been killed, 19 were missing, numerous farms animals have been slaughtered and homes had been torched. A statement was given by someone that “armed men suspected to be terrorists have launched a murderous attack on this peaceful village. A Malian security source at the site of the massacre said that Dogon village has been virtually wiped out.
Mali’s president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has told the ORTM Public Television from Switzerland that “this country cannot be led by the cycle of revenge, and vendetta.” He called Malians to come together to allow our nations to survive because this is the question of survival. The deadly raid took place on 23 March in the village of Ogassogou, home to the Fulani ethnic group were slaughtered by a group identified as Dogon.
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