World Mali militants kill civilians in deadly bus attack
Mali tour guides transformed into battlefield interpreters
Aboubacar shared tea and sugary snacks with his colleagues gathered on a mat at a UN camp in battle-scarred Mali. "It's very different from what we did before, but the goal is the same: to show the country to foreigners," said Aboubacar, an alias to protect him and his colleagues. © FLORENT VERGNES Aboubacar -- not his real name -- pitches up with UN peacekeepers at a bivouac near Menaka. The former tour guide works as an interpreter for the British contingent of the UN's MINUSMA mission in Mali There were numerous tour guides in the region during the golden age of tourism in the 1990s and 2000s.
Militants killed at least 31 people in centralon Friday when they fired on a bus ferrying people to a local market, local authorities said -- the latest deadly attack in a racked by violent insurgency.
The bus was attacked by unidentified gunmen as it traveled its twice-weekly route from the village of Songho to a market in Bandiagara, 10 kilometres (6 miles) away, said Moulaye Guindo, mayor of the nearby town of Bankass.
"Armed men ... shot at the vehicle, slashed the tires, and shot at the people," Guindo said.
He and another local official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said at least 31 were confirmed dead with many more wounded or missing.
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The villages sit in the heart of the Mopti region, an epicenter of violence in Mali fueled by insurgents linked toand the .
An internal security memo, shared by a source, said first responders to the scene of the latest attack discovered 25 burned bodies in the truck.
Images circulated on social media showed the smoldering frame of a passenger bus filled with bodies, still slumped over in their seats. Reuters could not independently verify the authenticity of the images.
have surged across Africa's region, killing thousands and displacing millions across Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger.
Kashmiri families waiting for bodies of loved ones .
Relatives of people killed by security forces during encounters say they have little hope of justice.Altaf Bhat and Mudasir Gul had been buried once by security forces, who said the men were killed during a shootout with militants in Srinagar city.