Share

26 killed in central Mali

accreditation
Two French soldiers wait to embark a British Chinook helicopter nearby the new French military base of Gossi, in central Mali. (Daphné Benoit/AFP)
Two French soldiers wait to embark a British Chinook helicopter nearby the new French military base of Gossi, in central Mali. (Daphné Benoit/AFP)

Twenty-six people were killed in an attack on a village in central Mali, officials said Saturday, in the latest violence to hit the West African nation.

Friday's attack targeted a Fulani village named Binedama in the volatile Mopti region, said Aly Barry, an official from Tabital Pulaaku, a Fulani association in Mali.

Two other local officials confirmed the attack and the death toll to AFP.

Mali has been struggling to quell a jihadist revolt that first broke out in north in 2012, before spreading to the centre, as well as neighbouring Burkina Faso and Niger.

Thousands of soldiers and civilians have been killed in the conflict, while many more have been forced to flee their homes.

Central Mali - an ethnic mosaic - has become one of the flashpoints of conflict in the country, with regular jihadist attacks on military targets and occasional intercommunal fighting.

The pastoralist Fulani people are often accused of being close to jihadists, a perception which has led to tit-for-tit massacres between them and other ethnic groups.

A local government official in Koro, a subdivision of the Mopti region, told AFP that the attack on Binedama occurred on Friday afternoon.

Two women, and a nine-year-old girl, were killed in the attack, he said.

Friday's attack also comes at a time of increasing insecurity in Mali.

Prominent opposition figure Soumaila Cisse was kidnapped in central Mali on March 25 while campaigning for a parliamentary election.

The region has also seen several massacres recently, including a militant attack on rural villages which left 12 people dead in April.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
heading
description
username
Show Comments ()
Voting Booth
Many companies are asking employees to return to office full time after years of remote/hybrid settings. What are your thoughts?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
I can't wait to be back!
19% - 379 votes
No thanks, remote work is the future
22% - 440 votes
Hybrid is the best option to keep everyone happy
59% - 1160 votes
Vote
Rand - Dollar
19.28
+1.2%
Rand - Pound
23.97
+1.4%
Rand - Euro
20.65
+1.3%
Rand - Aus dollar
12.76
+1.1%
Rand - Yen
0.14
+0.9%
Platinum
1,029.47
+2.4%
Palladium
1,408.13
-1.9%
Gold
1,961.28
+0.7%
Silver
23.57
-0.2%
Brent Crude
76.13
+2.4%
Top 40
71,422
-0.8%
All Share
76,603
-0.7%
Resource 10
69,348
-1.4%
Industrial 25
103,842
-1.2%
Financial 15
14,979
+1.2%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE