- A Fulani village in Mali has been attacked, leaving many dead
- UN secretary-general has expressed shock over report that at least 134 civilians, including women and children, were killed
- The number of people dead is said to have risen to 157
- The latest is the worst in the series of inter-ethnic clashes in the village
The United Nations (UN) delegation to Mali has said that more than 130 people have been killed in a deadly attack on a Fulani village in the central part of the country.
According Boubacar Kane, the governor of Bankass district, survivors of the raid blamed the traditional Donzo hunters for the attack on them, Aljazeera reports.
Farhan Haq, the spokesman for the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said that the head of the UN is shocked and angered by the reports, saying he is committed to bringing the perpetrators to justice.
He said: "The secretary-general is shocked and outraged by reports that at least 134 civilians, including women and children, have been killed."
It should be recalled that the attack on the village happened on Saturday, March 23, even as the place has experienced recurrent inter-communal violence.
Reuters, however, reported that the number of people dead has risen to 157, according to a government source on Tuesday, March 26, saying it is the worst attack ever.
It was also reported that the attack was the worst that had ever happened in the community since inter-ethnic violence started in the village.
The Donzo hunters are part of the largest ethnic group in Mali called the Bambara, and are believed to be the semi-nomadic Fulani people who are scattered through the Sahel region and other parts of West Africa.
They have also been accused for the killing of 37 people in a Fulani village sometime in January.
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