Armed men kill 37 civilians in part of Mali hit by ethnic violence

Canadian soldiers watch as a Canadian helicopter provides air security during a demonstration for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the United Nations base in Gao, Mali Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018. (AP)
Updated 02 January 2019
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Armed men kill 37 civilians in part of Mali hit by ethnic violence

  • France helped Malian forces stave off a terrorist insurgency that took control of large parts of the troubled north in 2012, but since the death in November of Fulani terrorist figure Amadou Koufa

BAMAKO: Thirty-seven civilians were killed when armed men believed to be traditional Dogon hunters attacked a village of Fulani herders in central Mali Tuesday in the latest clash between the warring communities, the government said.
The attack on Koulogon village near Bankass in the Mopti region was carried out by “armed men dressed like traditional dozo hunters” allied to the Dogon ethnic group, said an official statement.
“In addition to the 37 recorded deaths, all civilians, the casualty toll includes several wounded and many burned homes,” it added.
Earlier, a security source and a man who said he had witnessed the attack also blamed the Dogon, and put the number of dead at 33.
Allaye Yattara, a Fulani, told AFP: “Our village chief Moussa Diallo was killed in the attack along with old women, (and) a girl, all members of his family.”
France helped Malian forces stave off a terrorist insurgency that took control of large parts of the troubled north in 2012, but since the death in November of Fulani terrorist figure Amadou Koufa, inter-group conflict has increased.
The violence is fueled by accusations of Fulani grazing cattle on Dogon land and disputes over access to land and water.
The UN recorded more than 500 civilian deaths in the area in 2018.
In June, 24 members of the Fulani community were killed in an attack a UN probe blamed on the Dogon.


Taliban ambush police convoy, kill 9: Afghan official

Updated 25 April 2019
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Taliban ambush police convoy, kill 9: Afghan official

KABUL, Afghanistan: An Afghan official says the Taliban ambushed a security convoy, killing nine policemen in western Farah province.
Abdul Samad Salehi, a provincial councilman, says the convoy was heading to defuse a roadside bomb on Wednesday afternoon when the ambush happened in Anardara district.
Saleh says that shortly after the attack on the convoy, other Taliban insurgents targeted and briefly overran the district police headquarters. After a few hours of clashes, reinforcements arrived and wrested back control of the headquarters.
The insurgents did not immediately comment on the Farah attacks. The Taliban have been active in the area and have launched large-scale attacks against Afghan security forces in Farah.
The Taliban stage-near daily attacks even as they hold talks with a US envoy tasked on a peaceful resolution to the war.