At least 23 people have died with about 300 others missing after an attack on a village of Fulani herders in central Mali amid communal violence between herders and ethnic Dogon farmers which has surged in recent months.
Harouna Sankare, mayor of nearby Ouenkoro who confirmed the incident said two other Fulani communities were targeted on Sunday evening.
The mayor, who blamed the attack on Dogon hunters, noted that after raiding the village of Saran, the attackers went on to another village called Bidi.
“Since they didn’t find anybody (in Bidi), they burned the village and the houses and attacked the cattle,” Sankare said.
Other local officials confirmed the attack but with different number of casualties.
Retaliatory attacks between the rival communities has escalated this year. In March, suspected Dogon militiamen killed more than 150 Fulani in central Mali, one of the worst acts of bloodshed in the country’s recent history.
Raids on Dogon villages in June killed over 40 people.