UN chief condemns Mali attack that left 95 dead

A traditional Dogon village in central Mali. (file 2013, UN Photo)
A traditional Dogon village in central Mali. (file 2013, UN Photo)

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the attack in central Mali that killed at least 95 civilians, his spokesman said.

According to a statement released by his spokesman,Stephane Dujarric, the Secretary-General said he was “outraged by reports that at least 95 civilians, including women and children”, following the assault on Sobanou-Kou village in the Mopti region of central Mali.

He also “strongly” condemned the attack and called on the Malian authorities “to investigate this tragedy”.

He urged the Government and all actors to “engage in intercommunal dialogue to resolve tensions and differences”.

Through his Twitter account, the Secretary-General expressed his “heartfelt condolences” to the families of the victims, the people and the Government.

According to Reuters news agency, the attack was staged by semi-nomadic Fulani herders  at night, although no one has yet claimed responsibility for this attack.

Mali has seen an escalation of attacks in recent months, some ethnic while others were carried out by jihadist groups.

Tensions have been rising since the ethnic Dogon hunters were accused of carrying out a massacre on the semi-nomadic Fulani herders’s village in March.

Meanwhile, the UN Stabilization Mission in Mali, MINUSMA, has redeployed its security operations in central Mali to support the Malian Defense and Security Forces in securing and protecting the population.