The United Nations says at least 95 people were killed in an armed attack on a village in central Mali. It’s the latest in a spate of deadly attacks
The United Nations says at least 95 people were killed in an armed attack on a village in central Mali. It’s the latest in a spate of deadly attacks in the region, which has seen escalating tensions between ethnic groups.
The attack on the village of Sobanou-Kou started Sunday evening when a group of armed men poured into the village, according to a statement from the U. N. Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali.
In the past few months, international observers have sounded the alarm over hundreds of civilians killed in ethnic attacks between the Dogon community, who are farmers and hunters, and the Fulani, or Peuhl, community, who are herders.
Sobanou-Kou is made up of people from the ethnic Dogon community. “Local officials blame Fulani-Peulh herdsmen for the attack and say it’s difficult to identify badly burned bodies and that many in the village of 300 are yet to be accounted for,” NPR’s Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reported.
MINUSMA said last month that since January 2018, it has documented abuses by traditional hunters against the Fulani population that have resulted in 488 deaths in the Mopti and Segou regions. It added that Fulani armed groups have caused 63 deaths in the area during the same period.

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