Death toll mounts to 31 in Mali gun attack

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Death toll mounts to 31 in Mali gun attack

 International Desk

 Published: 03:58 PM, 16 February 2020  

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Death toll rises to 31 with many others critically injured in the gun attack in the Mopti region of West African country Mali that was happened on Friday morning last, the country’s official sources confirm.

The incident took place in Fulani village in Ogosasago on Friday morning, according to the news agency Associate Press (AP). The assailants also looted many houses in the village and destructed them. However, no one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

"As efforts to deploy our FAMa (Malian Armed Forces) throughout the country continue and acts of adherence to peace have multiplied in different localities, Ogossagou has suffered a new deadly attack killing 31 people," wrote Malian Prime Minister Boubou Cisse on his social media account, sending condolences to the victims' families.

However, according to some independent sources, the death toll should be at least 48, as other bodies have been found and there are at least five pregnant women among the victims.

Mali's government condemned the attack, saying the incident happened after the army withdrew from the region. The gunmen raided the area for several hours.

It is to be noted that in March last year, about one hundred and fifty people were killed in the terrorist attacks in Ogosasago area. Al-Qaeda's militants occupied much of Mali's territory in 2012. Since then, the number of armed attacks in the country has increased. Last year alone, around 450 people were killed in terrorists’ attacks in central Mali.