GLOBAL ONE NEWS (G1) — Over 130 civilians have been killed in an attack targeting an ethnic group in Mali.
Gunmen reportedly dressed as Dogon hunters stormed a Fulani village in Ogossagou in Mopti region March 23.
The attackers reportedly used guns and machetes killing 134 people in total including pregnant women, children and the elderly.
Fifty-five civilians were also injured.
The Malian government said it “condemns with the utmost severity this heinous act and expresses its compassion to the families of the innocent victims.”
Dogon hunters and Fulani herders have engaged in deadly conflicts recently with human rights activists calling for stronger efforts to address it.
Dogons accuse Muslim-majority Fulani of having ties with jihadists, while Fulanis accuse Dogons of being the militia wing of Mali’s military to hunt them down.
The government has recently dissolved a “self-defense” group composed of Dogons, but it wasn’t made clear whether it had anything to do with the attack.