Fifty killed in Mali hunter-farmer clash

Fifty killed in Mali hunter-farmer clash

Traditional Dogon hunters killed at least 50 people in an attack on a Fulani community village in central Mali on Saturday , security , military and local officials said. “ At least 50 Fulani civilians have been killed in the village of Ogossagou by traditional hunters , ” a security source told AFP . “

Traditional Dogon hunters killed at least 50 people in an attack on a Fulani community village in central Mali on Saturday , security , military and local officials said.
“ At least 50 Fulani civilians have been killed in the village of Ogossagou by traditional hunters , ” a security source told AFP .
“ They were killed with guns, machetes,” he added .
Cheick Harouna Sankare , mayor of neighbouring Ouenkoro , confirmed the toll .
“ It is a massacre of Fulani civilians by traditional Dogon hunters ” .
The toll was in danger of rising because they had no news of other civilians and the army was not yet on site to help them , he added .
A Malian military source also reported the attack .
The attack happened at Bankass , near the border with Burkina Faso, where there has been frequent inter- communal violence .
Two witnesses questioned separately by AFP said traditional hunters had burned down nearly all the huts in the village .
A statement by a local community defence association for the Fulani also reported the attack . Neighbouring villages had been attacked too said the statement , from the Kisal association, which did not give a toll .
The conflict was just the latest in a series of clashes between the Dogon and the Fulani — the English term for Peul — communities that have left dozens dead in recent months .
In January, Dogon hunters were blamed for the killing of 37 people in a Fulani village .
The violence is fuelled by accusations of grazing cattle on Dogon land and disputes over access to land and water , but the area is also troubled by jihadist influence .
Some communities have accused the herders of being accomplices of jihadist groups.

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