Sunday 21 April 2019

Death toll rises in brutal massacre by ethnic militia

 

The scene shortly after an attack which left at least 134 people dead and dozens more wounded, which according to witnesses was carried out by the ethnic Dogon militia in Ogossogou village, Mali. AP photo
The scene shortly after an attack which left at least 134 people dead and dozens more wounded, which according to witnesses was carried out by the ethnic Dogon militia in Ogossogou village, Mali. AP photo

Baba Ahmed

The death toll from a massacre in a central Malian village rose to 134, the UN said, as new video emerged 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 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 UN Security Council president Francois Delattre, condemned the killings as an "unspeakable attack".

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

In New York, the UN secretary-general urged the Malian authorities to swiftly bring the guilty to justice. 

Islamic extremists were ousted from urban centres 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 UN mission. Since 2015, extremism has edged all the way to central Mali where it has exacerbated tensions between the Dogon and Peuhl groups.

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