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World Mali: at least thirty civilians killed in an attack in the center of the country

16:10  04 december  2021
16:10  04 december  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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This is a new attack on civilians that took place, Friday, December 3, in the center of the country. Armed men, alleged jihadists, stumbled a bus and pulled on passengers. The attack occurred near the locality of Bandiagara, in the Mopti region, in the center of the country. At least thirty civilians were killed.

with our correspondent in Bamako, Serge Daniel

The images are unsustainable. The transport truck, partly calcined, was found at the edge of a road. Inside, bodies of thirty unrecognizable civilians. Among them, women and children.

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There are also injured survivors but also missing. Have they been taken by the jihadists, accused of being responsible for the attack, or could they have at a moment escape from the group? No details for the moment.

concordant sources, the vehicle and its passengers headed Friday, towards the locality of Bandiagara, located in the center of the country, to participate in a fair. All were civilians.

On the journey, between the Malian village of Songho and the National Highway 15, armed men arose. They were pretty well informed. Shots then broke. Panic on board. The driver of the vehicle would have tried to escape. New shots have sounded. Subsequently, the attackers, some of whom were motorcycle, set fire to the trucks.

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there are no claims for the moment. We question the intentions of the jihadists. What returns in the analyzes is that by these kinds of operations, they intend to oppose communities against each other.

Mali militants kill civilians in deadly bus attack .
Militants killed at least 31 people in central Mali on Friday when they fired on a bus ferrying people to a local market, local authorities said -- the latest deadly attack in a region 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.

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