Mali violence: At least 30 killed in spate of violence
|bbc.com 14 Feb 2020 at 20:08|
The village of Ogossagou, where one of Friday s attacks took place, is mostly home to Fulanis, a largely-Muslim ethnic group who traditionally work as herders.
Other ethnic groups in Mali - including the Dogon community - accuse the Fulani of being linked to jihadi groups operating across the Sahel region.
These accusations have fuelled a spate of inter-ethnic violence in recent years.
Last March, 160 people were killed another attack at Ogossagou, which authorities blamed it on a Dogon militia.
The attack led to several protests over perceived inaction by the government, and Mali s prime minster at the time, Soumeylou Boubèye Maïga, later resigned.
No one has claimed responsibility for the latest incident, but village chief Aly Ousmane Barry told local media that the gunmen struck several hours after government troops had withdrawn from the area.
In a separate incident, Malian security forces said on Twitter that they had sustained "material damage" during an ambush in the village of Bintia, which killed eight soldiers.