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Mali attack: 32 villagers killed, 10 missing


Traditional hunters have killed thirty-two civilians in an isolated village in central Mali, a local group says.

The hunters, known locally as “Dozo”, surrounded the village in the Mopti region and separated members of the Fula ethnic group from the other villagers before killing them.

Children were among the victims in Saturday’s attack, an official said.

There has been increasing violence between Fula, who are traditionally herders, and other ethnic groups.

A further ten people were missing from the village, near the town of Djenné, said Abel Aziz Diallo, president of Tabital Pulaaku, a Fulani association.

“They surrounded the village, separated the Fula people from the others and killed at least thirty-two civilians in cold blood,” he told AFP news agency.

The Fula complain that they are being regularly targeted by traditional hunters in the name of the fight against jihadists. They accuse the Malian military of supporting such incidents.

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