11 killed in central Mali amid suspicions over extremists
In this Wednesday, May 30, 2018 file photo, a member of the army stands guards at the entrance of the headquarters of a new, five-nation West African counter-terror force, in Mali. (AP Photo/Baba Ahmed, File)
The Associated Press
Published Friday, August 10, 2018 2:34PM EDT
BAMAKO, Mali -- Residents say a community militia has killed at least 11 ethnic Fulani people near a market in Mali's volatile central region.
Idrissa Bamoye Maiga, a resident in Sofara, said Friday that a number of Fulani people came to the local market to sell their cattle on Tuesday and were gunned down by members of the Dozo militia.
Other residents confirmed the attack. The violence comes days before Mali's runoff presidential election on Sunday.
The region faces deadly communal clashes along ethnic lines amid suspicions of villagers being recruited by extremist groups. Many from the majority Fulani community have been targeted.
The Dogon and Bambara communities, whose members make up the Dozo militia, accuse the Fulani of being extremist members or sympathizers. Fulani leaders say their community is unfairly targeted.