US News Mali: in Farabougou, the impatience of the villagers after two weeks of blockade

16:15  22 october  2020
16:15  22 october  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

Mali: more than 20 people killed in two successive ambushes

 Mali: more than 20 people killed in two successive ambushes © AFP / Michele Cattani A Malian army patrol on February 28 on a road in central Mali, the scene of regular clashes with jihadist groups. Nearly twenty people were killed in a series of attacks in Mali on Tuesday, an extremely heavy daily toll and the worst in the country since the military coup of August 18.

Image satellite du village de Farabougou, dans le centre du Mali. © Google Map Satellite image of the village of Farabougou, in central Mali.

For two weeks, jihadists have surrounded this village in the region of Ségou, in central Mali, and have prohibited access. While an attempt at mediation is underway, the inhabitants must take their troubles patiently.

"We have no news. This villager from Farabougou assures us that his whole family is well, but does not hide a certain feeling of abandonment. The food dropped on Monday and Tuesday by Malian army planes has been received, but food continues to be scarce, he testifies, and especially medicine.

The local mediators, who have established a dialogue with the attackers, do not spare their efforts, but the process initiated takes time.

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For its part, the Malian Ministry of Defense expressed in a press release its "heartfelt condolences" to the families victims of the "killings" which preceded the blockade, and which would have left, according to the inhabitants, six dead and nine missing. . The ministry says it has "stepped up aerial surveillance of the area to prevent any major attack," and decided on "the advance of ground troops to break the terrorist siege." This is a press release dated Monday, October 19, but which did not circulate until Wednesday afternoon.

For several days, official and local sources have indicated that the advance of the troops on the ground has been made difficult by the state of the roads, muddy, and the fear of possible mines. Mediators, for their part, remain opposed to military intervention. They wish to obtain a peaceful lifting of the blockade in order to avoid a new cycle of violence in the area.

To read also: who are the attackers of Farabougou?

Bamako attacks in 2015: the two defendants sentenced to death .
© SEBASTIEN RIEUSSEC / AFP Behind the police, the bar-restaurant La Terrasse, one of the targets of the 2015 attacks in Bamako. The death penalty had not been pronounced for some 40 years. The two terrorists were sentenced to death before the Malian Court of Assizes for the 2015 attacks in Bamako. A third man was also sentenced to death in absentia, he was absent during the trial.

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