Twenty four people were killed by Islamic terrorist attacks per day each and every day last week. That was an average of three attacks per day. This was an improvement over the 216 deaths per day last week from 28 attacks and the 261 deaths per day the week before that from 48 separate attacks.
The worst Islamic attack this week again took place in Mail, where 41 people were killed and many others wounded in a attacks on two ethnic Dogon villages in Sahel country, the government said.
Fulani men showed up on motorcycle before the massacre in “revenge” over suspicions that some had collaborated with the Malian army, with about 100 armed gunmen circulating. All of a a sudden they fired on the population. Issiaka Ganame, the mayor of Yoro, told Reuters, “Then they descended on the village of Gangafani 2” where 17 died. Another 24 of the victims died in a raid on the town of Yoro and were mostly ethnic Dogons.
This terrorist attack is widely considered to be motivated by “revenge,” which has made the situation so sever that more than 750 people had fled their villages. Earlier this year, in the worst attack so far, 160 Fulani were killed in a raid on a village by suspected militiamen from a rival ethnic group. Records indicate attacks have killed almost 500 Fulanis in the central regions of Mali since January 2018.
President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has appealed for an end to the revenge attacks after he visited the site of the Sobane Da massacre.
“The cycle of violence in the centre of Mali must end,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was quoted as saying by his spokesperson.