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    Death toll from central Mali massacre up to 134, says UN

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    Death toll from central Mali massacre up to 134, says UN
    Associated Press BABA AHMED and KRISTA LARSON,Associated Press Sun, Mar 24 10:45 AM MDT
    The scene shortly after a violent attack which left at least 134 people dead and dozens more wounded, which according to witnesses was carried out by the ethnic Dogon militia who descended on Ogossogou village, Mali, early Saturday March 23, 2019. François Delattre, the president of the U.N. Security Council who spoke in Mali's capital on Saturday, condemned the massacre as an "unspeakable attack." (Tabital Pulaaku via AP)
    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — The death toll from a massacre in a central Malian village rose to 134 dead, the U.N. said, as new video emerged Sunday showing victims strewn on the ground amid the burning remains of their homes.

    An ethnic Dogon militia already blamed for scores of attacks in central Mali over the past year attacked an ethnic Peuhl village just before dawn on Saturday.

    Among the victims in Ogossogou were pregnant women, small children and the elderly, according to a Peuhl group known as Tabital Pulaaku.

    Graphic video obtained by The Associated Press shows the aftermath of Saturday's attack, with many victims burned inside their homes. A small child's body is covered with a piece of fabric, and at one point an ID card is shown covered with blood.

    In the capital of Bamako, visiting U.N. Security Council President Francois Delattre, condemned the killings as an "unspeakable attack" late Saturday.

    At least 55 people were wounded and the U.N. mission in Mali said it was "working to ensure the wounded were evacuated."

    In New York, the U.N. secretary-general condemned the attack and called on the Malian authorities to swiftly investigate it and bring the perpetrators to justice.

    Islamic extremists were ousted from urban centers in northern Mali during a 2013 French-led military operation. The jihadists scattered throughout the rural areas, regrouped and began launching numerous attacks against the Malian military and the U.N. mission. Since 2015, extremism has edged all the way to central Mali where it has exacerbated tensions between the Dogon and Peuhl groups.

    Members of the Dogon group accuse the Peulhs of supporting these jihadists linked to violent groups in the country's north and beyond. Peulhs have in turn accused the Dogon of supporting the Malian army in its effort to stamp out extremism.

    In December, Human Rights Watch had warned that "militia killings of civilians in central and northern Mali are spiraling out of control." The group said the ethnic Dogon militia known as Dan Na Ambassagou and its leader had been linked to many of the atrocities and called for Malian authorities to prosecute the perpetrators.

    Mali's Dogon country with its dramatic cliff landscapes and world renowned traditional art once drew tourists from Europe and beyond who hiked through the region's villages with local guides. The region, though, has been destabilized in recent years along with much of central Mali.

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    Larson reported from Dakar, Senegal.
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    Re: Death toll from central Mali massacre up to 134, says UN

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    Re: Death toll from central Mali massacre up to 134, says UN

    Damn Imam Mahdi is going to come soon I can feel it!

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    Re: Death toll from central Mali massacre up to 134, says UN

    Salaam

    Another update.

    Blurb

    A brutal massacre in central Mali which killed 160 people, including children, has raised concerns that US and French anti-terrorism operations in the African nation are inflaming ethnic tensions. Last month, an ethnic militia composed of Dogon hunters is suspected of massacring a village in central Mali, killing 160 men, women and children. The villagers were targeted for being part of the Fulani ethnic group, which has been accused of supporting Al-Qaeda. French President Emmanuel Macron has promised to carry out an “uncompromising” fight against terrorism in Mali, but many fear that the foreign troops are actually inflaming ethnic strife.



    Over 2,000 civilians killed in Mali, Niger, Burkina in 5 months: researchers


    Africa’s Sahel region, which has an influx of military forces including the United Nations, European Union and French troops, has seen a huge surge in civilian deaths in the past five months because of attacks by Islamist militants and ethnic militias, researchers said last week.

    The Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED), which is financed in part by the U.S. State Department, said it had documented 2,151 reported killings in 724 direct attacks targeting civilians between Nov. 1, 2018 and March 23, 2019.

    The Sahel – the arid region between the Sahara desert to the north and Africa’s savannas and forests to the south – has become increasingly prone to attacks by well-armed jihadists and reprisals by ethnic militia.

    The region experienced one of its bloodiest days in living memory on Saturday, when gunmen in central Mali killed at least 157 people in a village inhabited by Fulani herders — prompting the government to vow to disarm vigilantes.

    Islamist militants based in Mali have regrouped after a French intervention in 2013 and now use the country’s north and centre as launchpads for attacks on neighbouring Burkina Faso and Niger.

    Worst hit countries


    The biggest surge in fatalities from attacks on civilians was in Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger, despite the deployment of thousands of Western and United Nations troops to try to contain the violence.

    Attacks have hardened existing rivalries between ethnic groups, especially herders and farmers, leading to a series of tit-for-tat reprisals.

    In Mali, ACLED documented 547 fatalities in attacks on civilians in the last five months, a more than fourfold increase on the same period a year earlier. In Niger, it documented a fivefold increase, with 78 reported fatalities.

    And Burkina Faso, which had previously been known for its stability in a troubled region, suffered 499 fatalities from attacks on civilians, a more than 7,000 percent jump.

    The Sahel also includes Mauritania, Nigeria, Chad, and Sudan.

    https://www.africanews.com/2019/04/0...s-researchers/


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