Gunmen kill 41 people in central Mali


Two villages in central Mali have been attacked by unidentified gunmen, in the latest reprisal attacks which have surged in the country in recent months.

According to Reuters News Agency, a local mayor confirmed that the assailants attacked Yoro and Gangafani 2 on motorbikes, killing at least 41 civilians.

The victims of Monday’s raids were mostly ethnic Dogons, said Issiaka Ganame, the mayor of Yoro, where 24 people were killed. Another 17 died in Gangafani 2.

“About 100 unidentified armed men circulating on motos all of a sudden invaded Yoro and fired on the population,” Ganame said. “Then they descended on the village of Gangafani 2, which is about 15 km (9 miles) away.”

The tit-for-tat violence in recent months has largely pitted Dogon hunters against Fulani herders. Attackers believed to be Fulani raided a Dogon village last week, killing at least 35 people.

In March, suspected Dogon militiamen killed more than 150 Fulani in two villages in central Mali, one of the worst acts of bloodshed in the country’s recent history.

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