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Children shot in back in Mali attack - PM Cisse

12 June 2019

Bodies recovered from a massacre of almost 100 people in Mali included at least 24 children, many of them shot in the back, prime minister Boubou Cisse said during a visit to the scene on Tuesday.

Attackers believed to be from the Fulani ethnic militia group raided the rival Dogon village of Sobane Da, in central Mali, overnight on Sunday and Monday. They killed at least 95 people and burned houses to the ground in an escalation of the retaliatory ethnic killing that has engulfed the mostly Saharan nation this year. Cisse became prime minister in April after his predecessor stepped down following an earlier massacre by Dogon gunmen on a Fulani village in March. Violence between Dogon hunters and Fulani herders has killed hundreds since January.