Gunmen Attack Mali Village, Kill 23 Civilians

July 02

At least 23 civilians have been killed in attacks on villages in troubled central Mali by armed men, a local mayor and a Malian security source said on Monday.

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“During Sunday, and overnight, in the villages of Bidi, Sankoro and Saran, armed men attacked civilians, killing 23 of them,” Cheick Harouna Sankare, mayor of the neighbouring town of Ouenkoro, told AFP.

“The situation is serious, the army needs to act to reassure the population,” he said, adding that an emergency meeting had been called.

The death toll was confirmed by a security source in Mali.

Separately, 11 people died when an explosive device blew up near the central town of Koro close to the border with Burkina Faso, a local official told AFP on condition of anonymity. AFP