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Death toll rose to 157 in Mali

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Zubair Yaqoob
Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at wnobserver.com

The death toll from an attack by unidentified gunmen on Saturday on villagers in central Mali rose to 157, a spokesman for the government said on Tuesday, stressing that this was the worst attack in recent history in a country plagued by ethnic violence.

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The attack took place as a UN Security Council mission visited the gold-producing country in search of solutions to violence that killed hundreds of civilians last year and spread across the Sahel region of West Africa.

An official from a nearby town said on Saturday that the militants, dressed in traditional garb of the ethnic Donsu tribes, attacked two villages inhabited by ethnic Fulani, suspected of harboring extremists, a charge Fulani denies.

The attack came less than a week after a militant attack on an army post killed at least 23 soldiers. Both attacks took place in central Mali, government spokesman Amado Kotia said. “The official death toll is 157“He said.

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Zubair Yaqoob
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The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at wnobserver.com
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