UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The Malian army announced the killing of eight of its soldiers in an ambush in the Gao region (center), the day after the killing of 21 civilians in an attack that also occurred in the center of the country, which is witnessing an increasing number of jihadist attacks and local confrontations.
The army said in a brief statement that “the ambush left eight dead and four wounded in the ranks of the Malian Armed Forces, which also suffered losses in equipment,” without specifying who was suspected of being behind the attack that targeted the soldiers in the village of Bentia.
A ninth soldier was killed in a separate attack, also on Friday in Mondoro.
The attacks came hours after at least 21 civilians were killed in an attack by armed men on Thursday-Friday night in the village of Ogossago in central Mali.
Village leader Ali Osman Bari told AFP that about 30 Dogon ethnic militants launched the attack on the village of the Fulani ethnicity, but the accusation could not be immediately confirmed.
A spiral of violence has entered this region since 2015, when a jihadi group led by Muhammad Kufa, who enlisted a large number of his Fulani ethnicity, appeared. Cova joined the Nusrat Islam and Muslims group, the main jihadist alliance linked to al Qaeda in the African Sahel region.
The confrontations between the Fulani, who mainly work in livestock raising, and the Balambara and Dogons, mainly working in agriculture, have multiplied. The two minorities established self-defense groups made up of traditional hunters.
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