Nearly 100 people were killed in a gruesome overnight attack on a village in central Mali, in the latest violence to strike the fragile region. There was no immediate claim of responsibility but the massacre, targeting a village inhabited by the Dogon community, bore the hallmarks of tit-for-tat ethnic attacks that have claimed hundreds of lives.
Violence between Dogon hunters and Fulani herders has killed hundreds since January, including an attack in March in which gunmen killed more than 150 Fulani, one of the worst acts of bloodshed in Mali’s recent history.
Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita condemned the killing. Confirming the killing, the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali said “United Nations peacekeepers provided air support earlier on Monday to efforts by the Malian government to prevent further attacks.”