More than 100 civilians killed in attacks in Mali: Government Al Qaeda News

The government says 132 people have been killed in attacks by an armed group in villages in Mali’s central Mopti region.

More than 100 civilians have been killed in attacks by suspected armed rebels in central Mali, the government said.

Members of the Katiba Machina militant group attacked at least three villages in the rural municipality of Bankas, in the central Mopti region of Mali, on the night between Saturday and Sunday, a government statement said Monday.

At least 132 civilians have been killed and some of the perpetrators have been identified, it added.

It says civilians were “coldly killed by Amadou Kouffa’s Macina Katiba fighters,” an al-Qaeda-linked organization.

The killings took place in Dialasagu and two nearby villages, Diaveli and Desagu, in central Mali, which has long been mired in uncertainty.

“Investigators are on the scene today to find out exactly what happened,” Mulay Guindo, mayor of Bancas, told the Associated Press.

Mali and the central Sahel region have been facing a for months a series of massacres of civilians accuse armed groups.

Since 2012, the country has been shaken by uncertainty as al Qaeda and ISIL (ISIL) groups have attacked civilians, pushing the country into crisis.

Violence, which began in the north, has since spread to central and neighboring Burkina Faso and Niger.

There was no immediate accountability for the attacks in central Mali.

For several weeks, rebels in central Mali have blocked the road between the northern city of Gao and Mopti in central Mali.

The United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Mali issued a statement on the Twitter attacks, saying it was concerned about “attacks on civilians in the Bandiagara area (central Mali) by extremist groups.” These attacks reportedly killed and displaced people.

Attacks on UN peacekeepers

In a separate incident, a UN peacekeeper died on Sunday from injuries caused by an improvised explosive device, a statement from the UN mission in Mali said.

The head of the UN mission in Mali, El-Gassim Wayne, said that from the beginning of 2022. several attacks killed uniformed UN peacekeepers.

He said attacks on peacekeepers could constitute war crimes under international law and reaffirmed the mission’s commitment to supporting peace and security in Mali.

Since the beginning of the year, several hundred civilians have been killed in attacks in central and northern Mali.

Armed rebels and the Mali army have been blamed for the attacks, according to a report by the human rights department of the UN mission in Mali, known as MINUSMA.

The UN peacekeeping mission in Mali began in 2013, after France led a military intervention to eliminate rebels who had taken over cities and major cities in northern Mali the year before.

The mission now has about 12,000 troops in Mali and another 2,000 police and other personnel. More than 270 peacekeepers have died in Mali, making it the UN’s deadliest peacekeeping mission, officials said.

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