Over 100 massacred in Mali, village wiped out

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Dolo said 95 bodies, including women and children, were recovered among the city's 300 residents. The Dogon also accuse Fulanis of having ties to local jihadist groups, while Fulanis claim that Mali's army has armed Dogon hunters to attack them.

In the past few months, global observers have sounded the alarm over hundreds of civilians killed in ethnic attacks between the Dogon community, who are farmers and hunters, and the Fulani, or Peuhl, community, who are herders.

The latest violence follows a March ambush that killed more than 150 Fulani people in the same region, stoking concerns that the ambush was motivated by revenge.

The violence in central Mali is characterized by killings, disappearances and the burning of villages "on an appalling scale", Amnesty International said Monday. The Fulani are primarily cattle breeders and traders, while the Bambara and Dogon are traditionally sedentary farmers.

On May 16, the United Nations mission in Mali (MINUSMA) announced it had recorded "at least 488 deaths" in attacks on Fulanis in the central regions of Mopti and Segou since January 2018.

In the bloodiest raid, about 160 Fulani villagers were slaughtered in March at Ogossagou, near the border with Burkina Faso, by suspected Dogon hunters.

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"The government of Mali presents its deepest condolences to mourning families and assures all measures will be taken to arrest and punish the authors of this carnage", Mali's communications ministry said in a statement, according to Reuters.

The unrest in central Mali has displaced some 60,000 people, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres wrote, adding that he was "appalled" by the surge in violence and its effect on civilians.

"Reinforcements are now deployed in the sector and carrying out a wide-ranging search", it said in a statement. Although French forces managed to push the rebels back the following year, the West African country has remained in turmoil since then.

A peace agreement signed in 2015 by the Bamako government and armed groups aimed at restoring stability.

"Over the recent months, violence has reached unprecedented [levels] amid retaliatory attacks and serious violations of human rights in central Mali impacting on all communities", U.N. Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide Adama Dieng warned in March.

Koufa in March 2017 joined the newly-formed Group to Support Islam and Muslims (GSIM), the leading jihadist alliance in the Sahel region, with links to Al-Qaeda.

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