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Mali declares 20 killed in attack against Fulani tribes

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Mali’s government said on Friday that about 20 bodies had been found after an attack on a village where the Fulani tribes lived.

According to local media, a Malian government spokesman, Yaya Sanjari, said the attack took place on Wednesday.

The attackers, dressed as fishermen, came from the nearby village of Tongo in Burkina Faso and launched an overnight attack on the village of Bey near the border with Burkina Faso in Mopti, firing on villagers and burning grain stores, the spokesman said.

He pointed out that the Malian armed forces intervened, forcing the attackers to retreat and leave the stolen cattle, adding that there is a patrol combing the area currently in search of the attackers.

Mali drew attention after 160 people were killed in a massacre carried out by gunmen from the fishing tribe of the Dogon against the people of Ogosago, a village of the Fulani Muslim community in central Africa, on March 23.

From time to time, tensions between the Fulani and the Dogons break out, sometimes accompanied by violence, but senior tribes usually mediate a truce.

However, the armed conflict, which erupted in 2012 with pro-autonomy groups in northern Mali, reached central regions in 2015, causing instability.

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