13 civilians killed in Mali attack

by IANS |

Bamako, Feb 25 (IANS) At least 13 civilians were killed and three others wounded during a raid on a village in central Mali by armed men, local media reported, citing witnesses.

In a video posted by a news website, crackling automatic weapons could be heard as the village of Kani-Bonzon was set on fire, Xinhua news agency reported.

The attack and casualties were confirmed by Amadou Yaro, president of the Bankass Circle Council, who said the governor of the region went to the scene at night to support the victims of "this barbaric attack".

"It is horrible what we have just seen. It is a cowardly, barbaric and inhumane attack on this village, which was completely burned down with motorcycles and granaries also burned to ashes," Yaro added.

A local official from Bandiagara, a nearby town, told Xinhua that this attack was predictable as "9 of the 12 communes in the Bankass circle have pledged allegiance to the terrorists. Kani-Bonzon is one of the villages that have not pledged allegiance."

Residents took to the streets in Bandiagara on Friday to denounce the attack and demand more security.

Since 2012, Mali has been plagued by insurgencies, jihadi incursions and inter-community violence that have left thousands of people dead and hundreds of thousands displaced.

Latest News
Threat to police: Should we let off BJP MLA just because he is a MLA, law is same for all: K'taka CM Sat, May 25, 2024, 04:20 PM
Israel must obey UN court on Rafah, says EU foreign policy chief Sat, May 25, 2024, 04:16 PM
AIADMK to stage protest over TN govt's failure to receive water share from neighbouring states Sat, May 25, 2024, 04:14 PM
IPL 2024: Avesh has shown how good he has been throughout the tournament, says Sangakkara Sat, May 25, 2024, 04:08 PM
NDA won't spare those who looted Bihar, this is Modi Ki Guarantee: PM Modi Sat, May 25, 2024, 03:34 PM
Mullaperiyar dam issue: TN asks EAC to reject Kerala's proposal Sat, May 25, 2024, 03:32 PM
J&K: Anantnag-Rajouri constituency witnesses 35.61 pc voter turnout Sat, May 25, 2024, 02:52 PM
US-China trade war deepens as tariff exclusions end on hundreds of Chinese products Sat, May 25, 2024, 02:28 PM
Delhi Police chief reviews security amid heavy deployment for peaceful polling day Sat, May 25, 2024, 02:26 PM
Karnataka town tense after violence over custodial death Sat, May 25, 2024, 02:20 PM
In age of LED bulbs, lantern lights up just one house in Bihar: PM Modi Sat, May 25, 2024, 02:18 PM
Australian minister urges Israel to abide by ICJ Rafah ruling Sat, May 25, 2024, 01:17 PM
People often get emotional when they try Vision Pro for first time: Tim Cook Sat, May 25, 2024, 01:14 PM
WhatsApp's new feature lets you see all media shared in community group chats Sat, May 25, 2024, 01:07 PM
Voting underway for third phase of polling in Odisha, EVM snags delay process Sat, May 25, 2024, 01:04 PM